Grace Millane: Murdered backpacker's funeral held in Essex

Grace Millane's body was found in the Waitakere Ranges in West Auckland

Grace Millane's body was found in the Waitakere Ranges in West Auckland

She was last seen at a hostel in Auckland on December 1 and caught on CCTV in the city centre later that same day.

Millane's body was found on December 9, 10m off Scenic Drive in West Auckland's Waitakere Ranges a week after her 22nd birthday.

Grace's brother Declan - one of the six pallbearers alongside her dad and brother Michael - earlier posted a photo of the young siblings on Instagram captioned with a love heart emoji.

The 22-year-old was in New Zealand as part of a round the world trip when she died.

Photos taken shortly before the service showed hundreds of mourners attended the Roman Catholic cathedral.

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The pages of the order of service for the Requiem Mass - which began with the hymn Amazing Grace - were decorated with some of the paintings that keen artist Ms Millane had created.

Following the service, the family had said she would be buried in the village of Ramsden Bellhouse.

Michael and Declan read the poem Until We Meet Again.

Hundreds of mourners turned out for the funeral of Grace Millane in her home country.

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The funeral for British backpacker Grace Millane will be held in the United Kingdom overnight.

Friends have joined her loving family to mourn her death and pay their respects at the service following a procession from her family home in Wickford.

Millane's death sparked a public outcry here in New Zealand, with vigils held all over the country for the advertising graduate.

In a previously published statement they said: "Grace went off to travel the world in mid-October and arrived in New Zealand on the 20th November".

It was devastating news for not only Millane's friends and family but for the nation who became enveloped in the disappearance case.

They added: "We would like to thank the people of New Zealand for their outpouring of love, numerous messages, tributes and compassion".

Grace Millane was backpacking in New Zealand when she was killed.

An appeal was launched and her father, David Millane, travelled to New Zealand to join in the search.

Late past year, thousands of people turned out to vigils held throughout New Zealand following her death.

Millane's University of Lincoln Hockey Club started a fundraiser titled #herlightourlove which raised more than $10,000 (NZD) in her memory for the Lucie Blackman Trust and a local cancer charity.

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