OYSTER BAY, NY (CBSNewYork) — A wake is being held this weekend on Long Island for award-winning journalist Marie Colvin who was killed last month while covering the recent ongoing violence in Syria.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

Many have called the 56-year-old from Oyster Bay a strong and incredible woman.

Colvin worked for Britain’s The Sunday Times for more than 25 years and was at the forefront of international reporting. She lost her eye from a shrapnel wound in Sri Lanka in 2001.

Her body was turned over to embassy officials in Syria last week.

Saturday and Sunday, her wake will be held at the Oyster Bay Funeral Home followed by her funeral Monday morning at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church in Oyster Bay.

Colvin’s family want her lifelong dedication to human rights, journalism and education to continue and has set up a fund at the Long Island Community Foundation.

Donations have already been received from around the country.

If you’d like to help, please send donations to:

Marie Colvin Fund at LICF
1864 Muttontown Road
Syosset, NY 11791

For more information about the fund, visit www.licf.org.

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