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Slain postal worker is recalled

Postal workers in uniform were among the hundreds of friends and relatives who packed a chapel for the funeral of a Filipino-American mail carrier allegedly slain by a white supremacist, a man praised by a notorious racist leader as a "good soldier."

Mourners gathered to remember Joseph Ileto, 39, and listened to stories from family members about his love of baseball and chess. Buford O. Furrow Jr., 37, is jailed in connection with Ileto's slaying and the wounding of five people at a Jewish community center during Tuesday's bloody rampage through the San Fernando Valley.

President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer all offered their condolences to the family in statements read by Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman.

Also Saturday, Furrow was praised in a newspaper report by Richard Butler, the head of the Idaho-based Aryan Nations.

"He was a good soldier," Butler was quoted as saying in Saturday's New York Post. "He was very respected among us."

Meanwhile, only one shooting victim remained hospitalized Saturday. Five-year-old Benjamin Kadish's condition improved from critical to serious at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, said a spokesman.