Blake Thanks Slain Wife

updated 05/29/2001 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/29/2001 11:00AM

Robert Blake's murdered wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, 45, was buried on Friday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. About 20 people, including Blake and their baby daughter, Rose, attended the 10-minute service, which had a Catholic priest officiating. No one from Bakley's family attended; members have accused the ex-Baretta star of Bakley's May 4 murder. "We believed the whole time he was going to kill her," Bakley's sister, Margerry Bakley, said in a Fox News interview Friday. During a eulogy, Blake, 67, said, "It's because of Bonny that Rosie was born . . . I thank God and I thank Bonny." Rose turns one year old on June 2. "I stand before God and make this pledge: As long as I have breath, I will do everything to make Rosie's life the best that I can," Blake said. He thanked Bakley's family for permitting her burial in L.A., so Rose could visit the grave.

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