Hundreds turn out to pay respects to Christina Powell

By Erika Mahoney

March 27, 2013 Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 9:28 PM EDT

Port Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The line stretched out the door Wednesday at James V. DeMarco & Son Funeral Home, as hundreds turned out to say goodbye to Christina Powell.

People trickled out of calling hours in Port Dickinson, saying pictures lining the funeral home's halls and rooms showed Powell's love for her family.

A longtime friend says he will remember Powell, 35, as a fun and loving person.

"She was energetic, fun to be around, you know," David Matthews said. "Just a real happy person. And she was a great, great mom. And she'd do anything for ya."

A family friend says although she didn't know Powell personally, she wanted to come because Powell made such an impact on her community.

She says even without knowing Powell that well, she could see how much she loved her 5-year-old son, Sergio.

"Well, I met them a few times going out to dinner," Debbie Benedict said. " I know just by her reaction around her son she was a great mom. Everyone says she was a wonderful, wonderful mom."

Powell's funeral arrangements are set to take place Thursday at St. Mary of the Assumption Church.

Powell was one of two found dead last Friday at a home on Lisi Lane in the town of Binghamton. Authorities say she was strangled. Mario Masciarelli, 24, of Binghamton, was found beaten to death.

Powell's estranged husband, Aaron Powell, 39, was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

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