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Associated Press, Published February 26 2013

'She was in her darkest moment': Mindy McCready's funeral held in her hometown

FORT MYERS, Fla. — As her music played in the background, country music star Mindy McCready was remembered Tuesday by friends and family as a fun and talented singer who also “wanted to be healed” from her past.

About 200 friends and family gathered in the 37-year-old singer's Florida hometown of Fort Myers. A large screen behind the altar of Crossroads Baptist Church was filled with her images and her portrait stood nearby.

“Our Mindy was so tired. She felt helpless,” said McCready's mother, Gayle Inge. “She was in her darkest moment and she was hurt by so many allegations. She was too emotional to understand.”

McCready, whose real name was Malinda Gayle McCready, committed suicide Feb. 17 at her home in Arkansas, days after leaving a court-ordered substance abuse treatment program. The mother of two died from a single gunshot to the head about a month after her longtime boyfriend David Wilson's death, also thought to be suicide, in the same place.

Inge acknowledged that her daughter had faced many battles but now: “Her spirit found healing on the other side.”