Family of murdered Hannah Witheridge ask for privacy ahead of funeral in Hemsby
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The heartbroken family of murdered Hannah Witheridge want her funeral service to be a 'party' in celebration of her life.
In a statement issued ahead of 23-year-old Hannah's funeral this Friday, her family said 'Time makes the pain of this horrendous tragedy no easier to bear.
'The past three weeks have been unimaginably difficult and there are no words that can adequately describe the heartache and despair that our family is experiencing. As we continue with our plans for our beautiful Hannah's 'party', our thoughts are with David Miller's family who are suffering the same indescribable agony.'
Hannah, a University of East Anglia graduate and former student of the Langley School in Norwich, grew up in the coastal village of Hemsby, near Great Yarmouth. She died on the Thai island of Koh Tao alongwith fellow holidaymaker David Miller, 24, of Jersey, on September 15.
Hundreds of people are expected to attend Hannah's service at St Mary's Church in Hemsby on Friday, which will be followed by a private burial.
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Asking for privacy on the day, they said: 'Due to the nature of her passing, our beautiful girl has had little privacy.
'Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to ask that Hannah be allowed a well-deserved day of privacy on Friday whilst we join her many friends in a celebration of her life.
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'Our family have been further traumatised by reports that there are numerous unnecessary and senseless photographs circulating across the Internet. We beg that Hannah and David are afforded privacy and dignity through the removal of these pointless and insensitive reminders.
'Hannah was a fun, vibrant and beautiful young woman who will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
'She was dedicated, ambitious and would have made an amazing difference to the lives of many families through her chosen career as a Speech and Language Therapist. 'As a family we hope that the right people are found and brought to justice.'