The family of murdered landscape architect Jo Yeates have attended a “quiet and reflective” funeral service held in the village where she grew up.
Miss Yeates disappeared on Friday December 17 after going for Christmas drinks with colleagues - while her boyfriend was visiting Sheffield.
Her next-door neighbour, Vincent Tabak, aged 32, has been charged with her murder.
The ceremony to commemorate the life of the 25-year-old was held at St Mark’s Church in Ampfield, Hampshire.
The wicker coffin was carried into the church by pallbearers from the funeral directors followed by Miss Yeates’s parents, David and Theresa, who live in the village. The coffin was adorned with daffodils, small sunflowers and assorted other spring flowers.
The parents were followed by Miss Yeates’ brother Chris, his partner Alla Ritch and her young son. Behind them were Miss Yeates’s boyfriend Greg Reardon, his mother, with his father and brother Frank at the rear.
The service was led by the vicar of Ampfield, the Rev Peter Gilks. It is understood that the service was “very sombre” as the family felt unable to undertake a “celebration” as Miss Yeates’s life was cut so short.
The church was chosen as it has close links to the family and it was where Miss Yeates was christened. More than 50 floral tributes were placed outside the church.
These included bunches from friends, family members, Miss Yeates’s employer design firm BDP and Avon and Somerset Police. A note on one read: “Our Dearest, Jo you will be with us always. Gran and Uncle Clive.”
Another read: “Dear Jo, Your vivacious spirit and considerable presence will not be forgotten. I will miss your ever cheerful greetings. Until we meet again. Love Uncle Pete xxx”.
After the 30-minute service, the coffin was carried from the church, followed by Mr and Mrs Yeates and about 30 other close family members and friends. Mrs Yeates was sobbing as they slowly walked to the burial site in the churchyard.