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Elle Edwards’ father carries her coffin into funeral as hundreds pay respects to beautician killed in Merseyside Christmas Eve pub shooting

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The father of a beautician who was shot dead in a pub on Christmas Eve carried her coffin into church for her funeral today.    

Mourners gathered to remember 26-year-old Elle Edwards at the service at St Nicholas Church in the Wirral village of Wallasey at 12.30pm.

It was led by Reverend Jeff Staples, who has been in regular contact with Ms Edwards’ grieving family.

Ms Edwards’ father Tim was embraced before he joined pall-bearers to take his daughter into the church.

The order of service included the hymn Be Still for the Presence of the Lord and it said a eulogy, Remembering Elle, would be given.

The bearer party, including father Tim Edwards (right), carry the coffin of Elle Edwards into her funeral at St Nicholas Church in Wallasey

The bearer party, including father Tim Edwards (right), carry the coffin of Elle Edwards into her funeral at St Nicholas Church in Wallasey

The horse-drawn funeral cortege for Elle Edwards arrives at the church in Wallasey

The horse-drawn funeral cortege for Elle Edwards arrives at the church in Wallasey

Elle Edwards' father Tim Edwards walks to join the bearer party to carry her coffin

Elle Edwards’ father Tim Edwards walks to join the bearer party to carry her coffin

Elle Edwards, 26, was shot dead outside the Lighthouse Pub in The Wirral on Christmas Eve

Elle Edwards, 26, was shot dead outside the Lighthouse Pub in The Wirral on Christmas Eve

Mourners were asked for donations to the Elle Edwards Foundation in her memory.

He said before the service: ‘People will be sad coming to the service, but part of the aim is to say, “well, actually Elle’s life wasn’t a sad life, it was a good life, it was a happy life, it was a full life”.’

Ms Edwards was celebrating Christmas with friends when a gunman opened fire at the Lighthouse pub in Wallasey Village, Wirral, shortly before midnight.

Ms Edwards' mother Gaynor Ward before the funeral took place at 12.30pm today

Ms Edwards’ mother Gaynor Ward before the funeral took place at 12.30pm today

Three white horses drew the cortege to the church for the funeral of murdered Ms Edwards

Three white horses drew the cortege to the church for the funeral of murdered Ms Edwards

She is not believed to have been the intended target of the attack, in which four men were wounded.

Last week, Mr Edwards told Sky News: ‘She was beautiful looking and she was a great hugger. She was just a fantastic human being with a heart of gold.’

He hopes a foundation in his daughter’s name will combat gun violence in the region.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murdering Ms Edwards with a submachine gun.

A copy of the Order of Service is shown ahead of the funeral for Elle Edwards at St Nicholas Church in Wallasey

A copy of the Order of Service is shown ahead of the funeral for Elle Edwards at St Nicholas Church in Wallasey

Solemn friends and family of Elle Edwards were seen arriving for the service in Wallasey

Solemn friends and family of Elle Edwards were seen arriving for the service in Wallasey

Mourners arrive ahead of the beautician's funeral at St Nicholas Church in Wallasey

Mourners arrive ahead of the beautician’s funeral at St Nicholas Church in Wallasey

The service will be led by Reverend Jeff Staples, who has been in regular contact with Ms Edward's grieving family

The service will be led by Reverend Jeff Staples, who has been in regular contact with Ms Edward’s grieving family

It is not believed that Ms Edwards was the intended target of the shooting, which happened just minutes before Christmas Day

 It is not believed that Ms Edwards was the intended target of the shooting, which happened just minutes before Christmas Day

The Lighthouse Pub in Wallasey Village stayed closed in the early hours of Christmas morning after Ms Edwards was shot dead

The Lighthouse Pub in Wallasey Village stayed closed in the early hours of Christmas morning after Ms Edwards was shot dead 

Connor Chapman appeared at Liverpool Crown Court via videolink from HMP Manchester last Monday. His trial is due to start on June 7, with the case lasting three to four weeks. 

He is charged with nine offences in total, including the attempted murder of Jake Duffy and Kieran Salkeld and three counts of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm of Harry Loughran, Nicholas Speed and Liam Carr.

The suspect is also charged with possessing a Scorpion submachine gun and ammunition with intent to endanger life and handling stolen goods, a Mercedes A class vehicle, between December 22 and Boxing Day.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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