Hundreds turn out for funeral of Dinnington murder victim Leonne Weeks

By Antony Clay | 09/02/2017

Hundreds turn out for funeral of Dinnington murder victim Leonne Weeks
The procession approaches St Leonard's Church

MORE than 400 people turned out to pay their respects to murder victim Leonne Weeks as she was given a moving send-off today.

Family and friends followed the 16-year-old’s funeral procession, led by Leonne’s father Darran, as it passed through Dinnington before a funeral service at St Leonard’s Church.

Her pink coffin was carried on a hearse led by two black horses and followed by a lorry bearing dozens of floral tributes, including teddies and a rainbow arrangement.

Leonne's dad Darran leads the procession.

Leonne’s family paid tribute to the Dinnington High School student in a statement before the funeral, saying: “Today, we are laying our beautiful daughter Leonne to rest and celebrating her life with family and friends.

“She is loved and sadly missed by all her family. Leonne was a twin and close to all of her brothers and sisters.

“We are grateful for the ongoing support shown by the community and other groups which have links to the family.”

Leonne was found stabbed to death on a pathway off Lordens Hill in Dinnington on Monday, January 16.

Shea Peter Heeley (18), of Doe Quarry Lane, Dinnington, will appear at Sheffield Crown Court next week, charged with her murder.

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