'Now Our Joyful Marsha Can Rest in Peace Forever'; FUNERAL OF TEENAGER BEATEN TO DEATH AS POLICE MAKE NEW ARREST

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Byline: COLIN ADAMSON

THE HAUNTING strains of her favourite folk group echoed through a packed church today at the funeral of murdered teenager Marsha McDonnell.

Hundreds of mourners attended the service for the 19-year-old student who was killed in a hammer attack as she walked home last month in Hampton.

Her uncle, Shane McDonnell, the manager of Clannad whose song was played, said: "We now have the chance to allow Marsha to rest in peace forever.

"We want to gather and celebrate the beautiful life she had and remember all the joy and happiness that Marsha brought us."

Marsha's father, Phil, 53, a former tour manager for Fleetwood Mac and Van Morrison, and her mother Ute, comforted their children Natalie, 21, Maya, 14, and five-year-old Jack.

They listened as poems, written for their daughter by schoolfriends, were read out at St Francis de Sales church in Hampton.

Marsha's parish priest, Father Bernard Boylan, spoke of the crime that "so hurts and scandalises our very humanity". …