Funeral for Bradford woman Suzanne Blamires

  • 10 August 2010
  • From the section Bradford
Suzanne Blamires
Image caption Suzanne Blamires had hoped to train as a nurse

The funeral of a Bradford woman whose remains were found in the River Aire has taken place.

The remains of sex worker Suzanne Blamires 36, were discovered by West Yorkshire Police in the River Aire in Shipley on 25 May.

Her funeral was held at Bradford's St Columba's Church on Tuesday.

Stephen Griffiths has been charged with murdering Ms Blamires as well as Susan Rushworth and Shelley Armitage, who also worked as prostitutes in the city.

Ms Blamires' mother, Nicky, told of the "pain and loss" since her daughter's death.

Reading a poem, she told the congregation: "We thought we understood heartache. It has landed on our door before. But the pain and loss at losing you, Suzanne, will live with us forever more.

"We are not gathered in a gloom-filled room, there are no heads bowed low. We are thinking about how much we love you, and how hard it is to let you go.

"You have taken the journey we all must take. But we take comfort as we know you are reunited with your much-loved dad and it is time to let you go."

Father Frank Smith told mourners the parish offered the Blamires family "our condolences, our prayers and our support in whatever way we can".

Image caption A horse drawn hearse carried the coffin to Bradford's St Columba's Church

After the hour-long mass Ms Blaimres' coffin was carried out to the song Angels by Robbie Williams.

On one of the wreaths on top of the hearse her mother had written: "You were always my shining star".

A post mortem examination found the cause of Ms Blamires' death to be serious injuries caused by a crossbow, coroner Roger Whittaker said last month as he formally opened the inquest into her death.

Mr Griffiths, of Thornton Road, Bradford, appeared in Sheffield Crown Court via videolink from prison on 16 July and is due to reappear on 15 October at Bradford Crown Court.

The funeral of Ms Armitage, 31, was held in Bradford on 4 August.

The body of Ms Rushworth, 42, has not yet been found.

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