It was standing room only as family and friends gathered to farewell slain Ashburton woman Sina Nerisa Solomona yesterday.
Hundreds of people attended a funeral for the 22-year-old at Baring Square Methodist Church Hall.
There were tears and laughter as family and friends paid tribute to the young mother.
Her cousin said she was a ''family treasure'' and a ''beautiful, bubbly, happy, open person.''
A colleague from Canterbury Meat Packers (CMP) said she was a "beautiful young lady with a heart of gold."
Another colleague recalled how she had loved life and loved her family. "She never had a bad word to say about anyone, and she was always smiling at work," he said.
Solomona always tried to help others and she always spoke her mind, he said. ''If you were being an egg, she would be the first one to tell you about it.''
Solomona was killed in her Ashburton home some time between 2.20am and 2.40am last Saturday.
She had suffered blunt force trauma to her head and blade wounds to her face and throat.
A male youth appeared in the Christchurch Youth Court on Thursday charged with her murder.
He was remanded in custody to the Ashburton youth court on February 14.
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