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Bangladesh honors building collapse victims, as search for bodies ends

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Bangladesh army soldiers stand at the wreckage of the Rana Plaza garment factory to offer prayers for the souls of the 1,127 people who died in the collapse last month, in Savar, Bangladesh, on May 14, 2013.

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A Bangladeshi woman cries holding the portrait of a missing relative as they gather to offer prayers for the people who died in the garment building structure collapse last month, in Savar, near Bangladesh, on May 14, 2013.

Thousands of mourners gathered Tuesday at the wreckage of a Bangladeshi garment factory building to offer prayers for the souls of the 1,127 people who died in the structure's collapse last month, the worst tragedy in the history of the global garment industry.

The Islamic prayer service was held a day after the army ended a nearly three-week, painstaking search for bodies among the rubble and turned control of the site over to the civilian government for cleanup.

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Tears roll down the cheeks of a Bangladesh army soldier in Savar, near Bangladesh, on May 14, 2013.

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Bangladeshis display portraits of their missing relatives during a prayer ceremony, in Savar, near Bangladesh, on May 14, 2013.

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A family member of a victim cries during a memorial for victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse last month, in Savar, near Bangladesh, on May 14, 2013.

Recovery workers got a shocking boost Friday when they pulled a 19-year-old seamstress alive from the wreckage. But most of their work entailed removing corpses that were so badly decomposed from the heat they could only be identified if their cellphones or work IDs were found with them. The last body was found Sunday night.

Soldiers in camouflage, police and firefighters in uniform stood solemnly in neat rows near relatives of the dead. Many of the rescue workers had pained expressions on their faces. Tears rolled down the cheeks of one soldier.

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An army soldier takes part in a prayer service in front of the damaged site after the end of the rescue work after 20 days following the Rana Plaza building collapse in Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh, on May 14, 2013.

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