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Baptism becomes mass funeral as church comes down in Mexico

ATZALA, Mexico - It was supposed to be a joyous occasion, the baptism of a baby girl in this sweltering sugar-cane hub south of Mexico City.

But the celebration at Santiago the Apostle Catholic Church turned abruptly tragic Tuesday when a massive earthquake rocked violently through the main square.

The colonial-style church shuddered, and chunks of masonry crashed to the ground. Eleven people were killed.

Among the victims: 3-month-old Elideth Torres de Leon, who was to be baptized; her sister, Maria, 8; and the girls' mother, Manuela de Leon Garcia, 27.

Much of the world's attention has focused on Mexico City

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