Family, friends and teachers attending the funeral of a murdered 17-year-old have paid tribute to the “brilliant and caring” young woman they knew.
About 800 mourners turned out for a church service celebrating the life of Georgia Williams in her home town of Wellington, Shropshire.
Georgia left her parents’ house on May 26, saying she was going to see friends. Her body was discovered in woodland near Wrexham, North Wales, days later.
The Rev Mark Ireland, vicar of All Saints’ Church in Wellington, told mourners: “We come not so much to mourn a death, but to celebrate a life.”
He later directly addressed Georgia’s family – mother Lynette, father Steven and sister Scarlett – saying: “You are not alone in bearing this loss.”
“We haven’t lost what you have lost,” he added, “but we can stand with you and we will continue to do so.”
At the end of the service, Georgia’s father helped to bear the coffin, made of wicker, to the waiting hearses.
Jamie Reynolds, 22, of Wellington, has been charged with her murder. He is in custody and will next appear in court on September 6.