Hundreds attend funeral of Christmas Eve pub shooting victim Elle Edwards

Close family and friends have said their final goodbye to Elle who was shot dead last month (Picture: PA)

Close family and friends have said their final goodbye to Elle who was shot dead last month (Picture: PA)

Mourners lined the streets of Liverpool to pay tribute to Elle Edwards who was shot dead in a pub on Christmas Day.

The 26-year-old beautician was not the intended target and four men were also injured at the Lighthouse Inn in Wallasey.

Ms Edwards’ coffin was transported to the church on a horse-drawn carriage. Some mourners lined the streets to watch the procession.

Reverend Jeff Staples said the service, which began at around 12.30pm today heard she ‘laughed and joked and enjoyed’ life.

Pallbearers dressed in black suits were seen taking the coffin inside St Nicholas’s Church on Newport Avenue.

Ms Edwards’ father, Tim Edwards, was seen talking to funeral attendees outside.

An order of service read: ‘Elle’s family would like to thank relatives, friends and neighbours for the kind expressions of sympathy and support they have received and for your attendance here today.’

Attendees were invited to join the family after the service.

Elle was brought to the church in a horse-drawn carriage (Picture: PA)

Her father Tim Edwards paid tribute to Elle at the funeral (Picture: PA)

The bearer party carried the coffin of Elle into her funeral at St Nicholas’s Church in Wallasey (Picture: PA)

Her close friends and family were also at the funeral (Picture: PA)

Pallbearers were dressed in black as her funeral began (Picture: PA)

The pub where the beautician was shot has closed its doors on Wednesday as a mark of respect. Floral tributes have been placed outside the entrance.

‘Elle and her family have remained very much in our thoughts over these past few weeks and even more so right now. May she rest in peace,’ The Lighthouse Inn wrote on Facebook.

In an interview with Sky News last week, her father Tim Edwards said: ‘She was beautiful looking and she was a great hugger. She was just a fantastic human being with a heart of gold.’

‘She’s the type of person that would walk into the room and everyone would gravitate towards her because she was always smiling,’ he said.

Mr Staples, who is leading the service, told BBC Radio Merseyside that it was an opportunity to celebrate the beautician’s life.

‘People will be sad coming to the service, but part of the aim… is to say ‘well, actually Elle’s life wasn’t a sad life, it was a good life, it was a happy life, it was a full life’,’ he said.

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‘She laughed and joked and enjoyed all the things of life.

‘That’s what we need to communicate so that she’s not defined by what happened.’

Paying her father Mr Edwards, said she was ‘the most beautiful and bright star’.

Connor Chapman, 22, has been charged with murdering Ms Edwards and is due to go …read more

Source:: Metro


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