Hundreds farewell caregiver Amy Farrall

Slain caregiver always helped those in need

Last updated 13:07 08/04/2014
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TRAGIC LOSS: Amy Farrall's casket is carried from Westpark Chapel following her funeral.

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AMY FARRALL: The 24-year-old's body was found in a car at Woolston New World.
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MOURNED: Amy Farrall was loved by hundreds.
Amy Farrall mural
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ALWAYS REMEMBERED: A mural dedicated to Amy Farrall in the Woolston New World car park.

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Hundreds of mourners have gathered in Christchurch for the funeral of slain community support worker Amy Elizabeth Farrall.

The 24-year-old's body was found in the boot of her car in a supermarket carpark in Woolston on March 30.

A 38-year-old man, from Otaki, was charged with sexual violation and murder last week. He had recently moved to Christchurch and spent time living at Farrall's home.

Grieving friends and family packed in to the Westpark Chapel on Wairakei Rd, Burnside for the funeral which began about 10am today.

As the service ended, Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here rang out as six pallbearers carried Farrall's dark-blue casket from the chapel and placed it in to the back of a hearse.

The former Lincoln High School student's family had requested privacy and asked media not to attend the service.

They previously described her as a kind, caring girl who always helped people in need.

Farrall's death notice in The Press says: ''Dearly loved and treasured daughter of Ann and Neil, much loved and adored sister of Richard and partner Mel, treasured granddaughter of Don and Betty Cattermole, and Fred and Noreen Farrall.''

She worked for Richmond New Zealand, an organisation providing community-based mental health and disability support services.

Police allege the 38-year-old man killed Farrall and then fled to the West Coast where he picked up two hitch hikers and attacked them.

Michaela Brandl, 28, and Nikki Honda, 27, were found stabbed and with broken bones in Franz Josef.

The man has been charged with wounding Brandl and robbing the two women while armed with a metal bar.

He will appear in the High Court in Christchurch on April 16.



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