Funeral held for Newry murder victim Patrycja Wyrebek (20)
THE family and a few close friends gathered at the weekend for the funeral of Patrycja Wyrebek, the "sweet girl" found dead in her Newry home.
Requiem Mass was held at Holy Cross Church in north Belfast at 10am on Saturday after her remains returned the day before to the family home she had shared with her mother Iwona and younger sister Maja at Farringdon Gardens in the Ardoyne area.
Her grieving mother had asked "everyone who wants to say goodbye to Patrycja... (to) do it on Friday at home", asking other friends and neighbours to "please respect our decision, please follow the safety rules".
The 20-year-old's body was found at in the bath her house in Drumalane Park in Newry at around 8.30am on Sunday August 2.
It is believed she died at around 12.30am that morning.
Her partner Dawid Lukasz Mietus (23) has been charged with her murder.
Former schoolmates from Mercy College gathered in the rain at Belfast Castle on Friday to mourn their friend, carrying her picture and floral tributes.
"She was our girl, she was so sweet," said Tuscanee Bricknell, originally from New Zealand, who joined the school in 2014 at the same time as Ms Wyrebek.
Leah White, who organised the vigil and asked that the friends wear the white and red of the Polish flag in her memory, said she would not be forgotten.
Holy Cross Girls primary school principal Maura McNally, which her sister attended said the Wyrebeks are "a close part of our school family for years and have been held in great affection by our staff, parents and children", sending "our love and prayers to them" on the school's Facebook page.