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Tears and tributes at teacher’s funeral

The coffin of Ann Maguire leaves the Catholic Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the Moortown area of north Leeds, after her funeral

The coffin of Ann Maguire leaves the Catholic Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the Moortown area of north Leeds, after her funeral

THE funeral of Wigan-born teacher Ann Maguire, who was stabbed to death in her classroom, has taken place.

Today’s (Friday) noon service at the Catholic Church of The Immaculate Heart of Mary was a private one for family and friends only.

The service was expected to last approximately one and half hours.

It was followed by a private burial ceremony. The 61-year-old’s body was received into the church yesterday evening (Thursday) and a mass was said.

Mrs Maguire, who was raised in Scholes and attended both St Patrick’s Primary School and the Notre Dame Convent School, was fatally wounded in an attack in a Spanish lesson she was giving at the Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds where she had taught for 40 years.

A post mortem examination carried out by a Home Office pathologist revealed the cause of death for Mrs Maguire was “shock and haemorrhage”.

An inquest into her death has been adjourned by Leeds coroner David Hinchliff pending criminal proceedings and her body was released to her family so a funeral can take place.

A 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has appeared before a crown court judge accused of Mrs Maguire’s murder.

Tributes to the teacher flooded in from around the world.

 

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