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Kolar deaths: Funeral of Birmingham couple found at home

Avtar and Carole Kolar
Image caption The bodies of Avtar and Carole Kolar were found by their police officer son

More than 500 people have attended a funeral for a couple found dead at their Birmingham home by their police officer son.

The bodies of Avtar Kolar, 62, and wife Carole, 58, were found in Friary Road, Handsworth Wood, on 11 January.

A funeral took place at Aston Parish Church at 12:30 GMT.

Lithuanian Rimvydas Liorancas, 37, of Booth Street, Winson Green, was charged with murdering the couple and found dead in prison on 28 January.

The BBC's Amy Bennett said there had been a huge turnout at the Kolar's funeral, with many mourners unable to fit in the church.

The funeral cortege passed the couple's house on the way to the church, with flowers and messages covering their driveway.

The congregation was led into Aston Parish Church by the couple's four children.

Son Jason, who found his parents' bodies, was one of 12 men to carry the couple's coffins into the church, along with his brother Avtar.

'Love you forever'

In a tribute to his father, Jason wrote: "Dad, you know I love you and always will.

"You loved Mum like no-one else could. I am so proud to be called your son. Love you forever."

A card from one of the couple's grandchildren also read: "I love you so much, I would do anything for another hug, another kiss."

Jason, who works for West Midlands Police, had gone to his parents' house on 11 January after being unable to contact them on the phone.

Post-mortem examinations revealed the couple had both died as a result of blunt-force trauma to the head, each sustaining a number of blows.

Mr Liorancas, who was on remand, was found hanged in his cell in Woodhill jail in Milton Keynes.

He had appeared at Birmingham Crown Court charged with murder but did not enter a plea.

An inquest into his death has been opened and adjourned until 3 October.

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