Slain Christchurch community worker Amy Farrall was given
an emotional farewell today.
The 24-year-old's body was found in the boot of her car at a
city supermarket on March 30.
A 38-year-old man from the North Island, who had recently
been staying at her Woolston home after moving to
Christchurch, has been charged with sexual violation and
murder. He will be back in court next week.
Police allege he killed Ms Farrall, dumped her body, and fled
to the West Coast where he picked up two hitch-hikers and
then attacked them.
Hundreds of family and friends packed out Westpark Chapel in
the Burnside area of the city today to pay tribute to the
"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
The former Lincoln High School student's family asked for
media to stay away from today's service.
They have previously spoken of their devastation that "her
caring nature appears to have been tragically taken advantage
In lieu of flowers, the family asked for donations to the
It was standing room only for the 40-minute service, with
mourners spilling out the rear doors of the chapel.
Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here was played as six male
pallbearers lifted the blue casket into the back of a black
Amy Farrall studied Mental Health Support Work at CPIT
(Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology).
She worked as a caregiver for Richmond Fellowship in
Christchurch, a national non-government organisation that
provides community-based mental health and disability support
Her partner of seven years, Cory McKeown and a group of
friends have painted a colourful mural saying 'RIP Amy' on a
fence at the supermarket car park where she was found.
- By Kurt Bayer of APNZ