Countless mourners lined the streets of Plymouth today to pay tribute to the murdered teenager Bobbi-Anne McLeod.
At the 18-year-old’s funeral, which took place six months after her murder, a horse-drawn carriage brought her coffin from her home in Leigham to St Andrew’s Church, past the spot where she had been kidnapped.
The venue held a 40-minute service led by Reverend Joe Dent, which was attended by hundreds.
A blue coffin with her name on it, a single red rose and a towel with the character Stitch on it.
Bobbi was murdered last November by Cody Ackland, 24, who attacked her with a claw hammer while she was waiting for a bus.
Her family had also asked mourners to wear black trousers and T-shirts with rock bands including Queen, ACDC, Oasis and Pink Floyd in honor of the popular student – and a number of teenage friends and strangers did so.
Many also wore turquoise ribbons on their T-shirts.
Among the congregation were Conservative MP Johnny Mercer, Lord Mayor of Plymouth Sue Dann and senior police officials.
The teenage girl’s turquoise coffin was carried into the church by pallbearers and her family, including parents Adrian and Donna and brother Lee, who followed her.
As the hearse left the church, the people outside erupted in spontaneous applause.
Local mourners had stood in almost silence as police bikes escorted the carriage down the street.
Killer Ackland, a musician obsessed with serial killers, packed the teenager into his car and drove to a remote location on Dartmoor, where he murdered her before dumping her body near Bovisand.
After admitting the murder, Plymouth resident ‘Britain’s (Ted) Bundy’, who admitted the murder, was sentenced last week to life in prison with a minimum sentence of 31 years.
He was told he might never be released.
In a statement on the impact of the victim, Miss McLeod’s family said: “Our lives have changed forever. We haven’t been able to say goodbye to Bobbi-Anne yet and can only imagine what he has done to her – the thoughts are constantly circling in our heads.
“Why Bobbi Anne? Why let them suffer? Knowing that she spent her final hours being tortured breaks us inside.”
Local Labor MP Luke Pollard called it an “important day for Plymouth” and an opportunity to celebrate Bobbi’s life.
Plymouth City Council tweeted: “May their light continue to shine. We will never forget her.”
During Ackland’s sentencing, Bobbi-Anne’s mother, Donna, said, “Bobbi was a beautiful girl who lit up our lives and the lives of everyone she met. She was kind, funny and loyal.
“She was the best daughter, best sister and best friend to so many people. Everyone who knew Bobbi loved her. We have been robbed of our beautiful girl in the worst way and our life will never be the same without her.
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