South East Wales

Cardiff hit-and-runs: Karina Menzies funeral in Ely

The priest leading the funeral of a mother-of-three killed in a series of hit and runs in Cardiff says she hopes the family will draw strength from mourners' prayers.

Hundreds of people paid tribute to Karina Menzies, 31, at a service at the Church of the Resurrection in Ely.

Her body was taken by horse-drawn carriage from her home nearby.

Ms Menzies, 31, died and 13 children and adults were injured in collisions across west Cardiff on 19 October.

A 31-year-old man has been charged with murder and other offences.

Image caption Karina Menzies, 31, a mother-of-three, died in the collisions

The church was packed on Friday afternoon for the funeral led by The Reverend Jan Gould while many more listened outside via loudspeaker.

Written tributes from Ms Menzies' two eldest children Sophie, 11, and Ellie, eight, were read out to mourners.

Sophie had written: "Dear mum, today I'm feeling really sad because I know it's time to say goodbye.

"You were an amazing mum. You were fun, cool and unnormal."

Ellie wrote: "Thank you for everything you've done for me and have a nice time being an angel."

She also remembered her mother pulling funny faces and helping her to cook spaghetti bolognese.

Mourners also heard tributes from Ms Menzies' brothers Craig and Gareth, her sisters Sam and Laura, and her friend Otis Williams.

They remembered the fun times they had together and thanked her for being there for them.

Ms Gould told mourners they could not even begin to imagine the anguish Ms Menzies' family were continuing to go through.

She said she hoped Ms Menzies' three daughters and her family would be able to draw some strength and comfort from prayers.

"Tragic death, which is almost always sudden and unexpected as it was with Karina, is lot like a black out," she said.

"One minute the sun is shining, the next minute it's a dark night.

"Without the slightest warning or the slightest chance to prepare ourselves, we are plunged into an impenetrable darkness and within the space of a minute, our whole world is turned upside down."

She told the family that she hoped they could find light again within their faith.

A cross, Bible and holy water were placed on Ms Menzies' leopard print coffin, and hymns included All Things Bright and Beautiful.

Raise money

Her burial was at Western Cemetery on Cowbridge Road West.

A collection is taking place at the service to raise money for two trust funds that have been set up.

One is for Ms Menzies' children and the second for the other victims.

A book of condolence has been opened at the Roy J Larcombe Funeral Home on Cowbridge Road West.

Image caption The Reverend Jan Gould told mourners they could not even begin to imagine the anguish Ms Menzies' family were continuing to go through

It is available to sign between 10:00 and 16:00 GMT from Monday to Friday.

Ms Menzies died while walking with two of her daughters near Ely fire station on Cowbridge Road West.

  • Matthew Tvrdon has appeared in court accused of murder, attempted murder and assault. He faces a total of 19 charges, which include murder, 13 counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and one charge of dangerous driving.

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