Family and friends mourn Gemma

VIDEO A WHITE coffin in a horse-drawn carriage made its way slowly along the road as Gemma Adams' family and friends gathered to say a final goodbye today.Two police outriders flanked a silver hearse full of flowers as the procession made its way to St Andrew's church in Rushmere St Andrew.

A WHITE coffin in a horse-drawn carriage made its way slowly along the road as Gemma Adams' family and friends gathered to say a final goodbye today.

Two police outriders flanked a silver hearse full of flowers as the procession made its way to St Andrew's church in Rushmere St Andrew.

Family members of the 25-year-old followed behind in a silver limousine before the coffin was taken from the hearse and the procession made its way on foot to the church.

The service, due to be taken by Reverend Robin Spittle, was to start around 12.45pm today.

Around 20 journalists looked on as family and friends arrived to pay their respects to Miss Adams who was found dead in December after being reported missing on November 15.

Following the church service she was due to be buried in the church grounds which are close to her parents' Kesgrave home. A thanksgiving service is then due to take place to remember her.

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Miss Adams was the first of five women, who were sex workers in the town, to be found dead in Ipswich in December and is the fourth of them to be laid to rest in the past two weeks.

Tania Nicol, 19; Paula Clennell, 24; Anneli Alderton, 24 and Annette Nicholls, 29 were all found dead in various places around Ipswich in a ten-day period just before Christmas.

Miss Adams was the second woman to go missing and was last seen at 1.15am on November 15 in West End Road, Ipswich. Her body was discovered several weeks later in Belstead Brook near Hintlesham on December 2.

After the discovery, her devastated parents described the former Kesgrave High School pupil as a bright and bubbly girl who was full of fun.

Brian Adams said: “That's the only way to describe her. She was good company, bright and intelligent. We never had any rows with her at home.

“One of her teachers described her as 'an ordinary intelligent girl from a nice family' and that's exactly what she was.”

During her younger years Miss Adams had belonged to the Brownies and enjoyed playing the piano and horse riding.

She had been besotted with her pet dog, Holly, who she rescued as a puppy 11 years ago and had lived at the family home along with Miss Adams' older sister, Carla, and younger brother, Jack.

At the time of her death, Miss Adams had been living with her boyfriend, Jon Simpson, in Blenheim Road, Ipswich.

An online book of condolences on the Star's website, was flooded with tributes for Miss Adams.

One note said: “I would just like to say that the friends and family of Gemma are in my thoughts at this sad time.

“It goes without saying that this type of incident just isn't deserved by anyone. Mel, Ipswich.”

Following her death, her family set up Gemma's Gift, a fund to raise money for the East Anglian Children's Hospices in her memory. So far, more than £20,000 has come pouring in.

Steve Wright, 48, of London Road, Ipswich, has been charged with the murder of all five women and is due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on May 1.

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