Funeral for knife victim

FRIENDS and family of a 20-year-old Suffolk man have said their final goodbyes during an emotional funeral service.Around 120 mourners packed into St Edmunds Roman Catholic Church on Westgate Street, in Bury St Edmunds, to pay their respects to William O'Connor.

FRIENDS and family of a 20-year-old Suffolk man have said their final goodbyes during an emotional funeral service.

Around 120 mourners packed into St Edmunds Roman Catholic Church on Westgate Street, in Bury St Edmunds, to pay their respects to William O'Connor.

The youngster, known as Bill, died from stab wounds on April 27 this year.

He was discovered near Home Farm Lane in Bury, but was declared dead on arrival at the nearby West Suffolk Hospital, despite the efforts of two doctors who performed open heart surgery at the roadside in an attempt to save his life.


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During yesterday's ceremony, those present listened to Mr O'Connor's favourite Irish ballard - Hand me down my Bible by Luke Kelly - as well as Brian Kennedy's You Raise Me Up.

nTony Holland, 22, from Desborough in Northamptonshire, has been charged with Mr O'Connor's murder. He has not yet entered a plea.

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