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Published: Friday 17th April 2015 by The News Editor

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The funeral of Becky Watts today will be a “fitting tribute” thanks to donations from members of the public, her family have said.

Becky, 16, vanished from her family home in Crown Hill, Bristol, on February 19, sparking a huge search operation.

Police discovered Becky’s body parts at a house in Barton Hill, Bristol, on March 2 and charged her stepbrother, Nathan Matthews, 28, with murder.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend Becky’s funeral, which will be held at St Ambrose Church in Whitehall, Bristol, at 11am.

Mourners have been asked to throw pink roses at a carriage carrying her coffin and wear t-shirts featuring a photograph of the teenager.

Speaking last week, Becky’s father Darren Galsworthy and stepmother Anjie Galsworthy thanked the public for their support.

“Our aim for the day is to treat this occasion as a celebration of the life of Becky,” they said.

“No parent, relative or friend would expect to lose a loved one at such a tender age.

“Becky was approaching the threshold of her adult life; she had so much to look forward to and love to share with all that were close and dear to her.

“We will miss her so much.

“All of us as a family, including those that knew Becky would like to express our most sincere gratitude to everyone that donated towards this day.

“Becky’s death has touched the hearts of so many people; some from as far away as the other side of the world.

“We never expected that response but we are so very grateful for your thoughts, your prayers and your donations.

“It is because of your kind support that we know the day will be a fitting tribute to a much loved daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece and friend to so many people.”

The service will be followed by a private internment for Becky’s family and friends at Avon View Cemetery.

Two online fundraising pages have raised more than £11,000, which will help pay for the funeral and a foundation set up in Becky’s name.

Police launched a huge search operation – including a social media campaign using the hashtag #FindBecky – on February 20 when she was reported missing.

Bouquets, teddies and cards have been left at her family home, as well at Barton Court, where her body parts were discovered.

Matthews, of Warmley, South Gloucestershire, appeared at Bristol Crown Court on March 26, along with five others charged in connection with the death.

His girlfriend, Shauna Hoare, 21, of Cotton Mill Lane, Bristol, is accused of perverting the course of justice by lying to police.

Jaydene Parsons, 23, James Ireland, and Karl and Donovan Demetrius, both 29, are accused of helping dispose of and conceal Becky’s body parts.

A plea hearing has been set for August 4, with a provisional trial date of October 5. All six defendants have been remanded in custody.

Published: Friday 17th April 2015 by The News Editor

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