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Baker, Residents Pay Tribute To Wayne Curry In Prince George's County

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Curry's body will lie in state at the seat of the Prince George's County government in Upper Marlboro today.
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Curry's body will lie in state at the seat of the Prince George's County government in Upper Marlboro today.

An honor guard saluted Wayne Curry's hearse as it was transported beneath a huge American flag this morning. Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker comforted Curry family's as they followed the coffin, which now lies in state at the seat of the county's government in Upper Marlboro.

"He had a level of confidence that allowed him to stand strong in the face of any challenge, and that's what we learned from him and we loved about him," said Baker. "Because Wayne believed in the possibilities of this county and its people. He could see that we could become the place to be, and he taught us to believe it."

Hundreds lined up to pay their respects to the county's first elected African-American executive.

"I just wanted to pay tribute today, to give honor, because this is about the people, it's about the heart of the people. I'm for anyone and anybody who put that much passion into the upbuilding of our community," said one person who attended this morning's ceremony.

Curry, a successful real estate magnate, is credited with turning the county into an enclave of upper- and middle-class black families in the late 1990s.

Curry's body will lie in state until 7 p.m.

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