Loved ones gather at Annette's funeral

VIDEO GRIEF-STRICKEN family and friends of Annette Nicholls gathered for her funeral in Ipswich today.With tears stinging their eyes, they offered up prayers in memory of the 29-year-old whose body was found on December 12 beside the old Felixstowe Road, near Levington.

GRIEF-STRICKEN family and friends of Annette Nicholls gathered for her funeral in Ipswich today.

With tears stinging their eyes, they offered up prayers in memory of the 29-year-old whose body was found on December 12 beside the old Felixstowe Road, near Levington.

As mourners struggled with their emotions, trying to remember the good times, one simple message at the shrine where the killer left her body, summed up the depth of their loss.

Cradled in a holder between two smiling sunflowers, it read simply: “Why would someone take you away from us. Your cheerful smile will stay with us forever.”

Miss Nicholls' funeral was due to be the first for the five women who were killed at the end of last year.

The discarded bodies of Miss Nicholls, Gemma Adams, 25, Tania Nicol, 19, Anneli Alderton, 24, and Paula Clennell, 24, were all found in remote locations around Ipswich within two weeks of each other in December.

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