Bobbi-Anne McLeod’s funeral: mourners wear band t-shirts in emotional ceremony

The 18-year-old’s funeral was held in Plymouth today, six months after her murder (Image: PA/Getty/SWNS)

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.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout photo issued by Devon & Cornwall Police of student Bobbi-Anne McLeod who was last seen waiting at a bus stop in Plymouth on the evening of November 20 last year as she made her way, to meet friends. Her body was found three days later near Bovisand Beach, about seven miles from where she lived. Musician Cody Ackland has pleaded guilty to the 18-year-old's murder. The 24-year-old entered the plea during a pleading and trial preparation hearing at Plymouth Crown Court on Tuesday. Issue date: Tuesday April 5, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS McLeod. Photo credit should read: Devon & Cornwall Police /PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may be used for editorial reporting purposes only to simultaneously illustrate events, things or people in the photo or facts mentioned in the photo's caption. Reuse of the image may require further permission from the copyright owner.

Bobbi was 18 when she was murdered in November (Image: PA)

Bobbi-Anne McLeod's coffin is carried out of the Minster Church of St Andrew in Plymouth after her funeral. Picture date: Thursday May 26, 2022. PA Photo. The 18-year-old student was murdered by Cody Ackland in Plymouth last November. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Her coffin was carried out of the Minster Church of St Andrew with a Stitch towel and a single rose (Image: PA)

PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND - MAY 26: The funeral procession carrying the coffin of Bobbi-Anne McLeod arrives at the Minster Church of St Andrew on May 26, 2022 in Plymouth, England. Bobbi-Anne McLeod was 18 when she disappeared from a bus stop near her home in Leigham in November 2021. Her body was found in Bovisand three days later. Cody Ackland, 24, was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years and 190 days in prison with the judge's warning he may never be released. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)

The horse-drawn carriage drove through the streets of Plymouth (Image: Getty Images)

PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND - MAY 26: Mourners are seen at the funeral of Bobbi-Anne McLeod at the Minster Church of St Andrew on May 26, 2022 in Plymouth, England. Bobbi-Anne McLeod was 18 when she disappeared from a bus stop near her home in Leigham in November 2021. Her body was found in Bovisand three days later. Cody Ackland, 24, was sentenced to at least 30 years and 190 days in prison, with the judge warning he may never be released. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)

Mourners comforted each other at the event (Image: Getty Images)

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.

Mourners attend the funeral of Bobbi-Anne McLeod at the Minster Church of St Andrew in Plymouth. Picture date: Thursday May 26, 2022. PA Photo. The 18-year-old student was murdered by Cody Ackland in Plymouth last November. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

A woman wearing a Nirvana t-shirt wipes away tears (Image: PA)

Mourners attend the funeral of Bobbi-Anne McLeod at the Minster Church of St Andrew in Plymouth. Picture date: Thursday May 26, 2022. PA Photo. The 18-year-old student was murdered by Cody Ackland in Plymouth last November. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Locals watch the horse-drawn carriage drive by (Image: PA)

PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND - MAY 26: The coffin of Bobbi-Anne McLeod is carried into the Minster Church of St Andrew on May 26, 2022 in Plymouth, England. Bobbi-Anne McLeod was 18 when she disappeared from a bus stop near her home in Leigham in November 2021. Her body was found in Bovisand three days later. Cody Ackland, 24, was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years and 190 days in prison with the judge's warning he may never be released. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)

There was a 40 minute service for the youngster in the coffin (Picture: Getty Images)

PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND - MAY 26: The funeral procession carrying the coffin of Bobbi-Anne McLeod arrives at the Minster Church of St Andrew on May 26, 2022 in Plymouth, England. Bobbi-Anne McLeod was 18 when she disappeared from a bus stop near her home in Leigham in November 2021. Her body was found in Bovisand three days later. Cody Ackland, 24, was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years and 190 days in prison with the judge's warning he may never be released. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)

Her turquoise coffin was simply inscribed “Bobbi” (Image: Getty Images)

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.”

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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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