A look back, 20 years after the events that led to the "Trial of the Century"

How Family, Friends Mourned Nicole Brown Simpson, Ronald Goldman

In the days before O.J. Simpson's arrest, focus was on mourning the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman

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    In the days that followed the brutal murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, friends and family gathered outside her Brentwood home, leaving a growing memorial. At the funeral for Brown Simpson, ex-husband O.J. Simpson escorted the former couple's young children into the funeral.

    A few minutes after midnight, June 13, 1994, a neighbor discovered the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson -- the 35-year-old ex-wife of football great O.J. Simpson -- and a friend, Ronald Goldman, 25, outside her Brentwood townhouse.

    Both had been stabbed to death by an assailant a few hours earlier while two Simpson children were asleep inside the home.

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    Brown Simpson had been to eat at local restaurant Mezzaluna, where Goldman was a waiter, with her family earlier that night, following her daughter’s dance recital. Judith Brown, Nicole Brown Simpson's mother, had left her glasses at the restaurant. Goldman said he would return them to Nicole.

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    As word spread of the grisly discovery in the normally quiet neighborhood, friends and family of the two began to visit her home, visibly upset and setting up makeshift memorials.

    In the days that followed, both Brown Simpson and Goldman’s families addressed the media.

    Despite being questioned by police the day after the murders as a possible suspect in the killings,  O.J. Simpson attended Nicole Brown Simpson's funeral in Orange County June 16, along with the former couple's two young children, Justin and Sydney.

    Simpson was arrested on suspicion of murder the next day, following the now-infamous slow-speed pursuit.

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