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GOODBYE REBECCA; Funeral of student found dead at home.

Byline: By TOM LATCHEM

DEVASTATED family and friends of Rebecca Kinsella turned out yesterday to lay her to rest.

Hundreds of mourners crammed into St Mary's church in Lucan, Co Dublin for the funeral of the pretty art student.

The ceremony came a week after Rebecca was found with serious injuries at her home in Celbridge, Co Kildare. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her death shocked the local community and yesterday many people arrived at the church carrying wreaths and cherished photos of the 19-year-old.

Gardai were drafted in to direct the high volume of traffic. As the coffin and family were driven into the church grounds, pupils from nearby St Joseph's College lined the driveway in honour of the former pupil.

Those who could not get a seat inside stood in the cold and listened to the service over a tannoy.

They heard how Rebecca loved photography and fashion. Pieces of her artwork and leopard-skin shoes were laid at the altar to represent the things she enjoyed most. Fr Terry Smith spoke of the family's shock at losing their daughter.

He added: "We wish all of Rebecca's family - especially mother Leonora, father Joe and her loving boyfriend John - strength in such a tough time."

During the mass, Amy Scott gave a rendition of Rebecca's favourite song Angel accompanied by a guitarist. St Joseph's pupil Sinead Ryan sang the hymn Be Not Afraid.

And Rebecca's former teachers at St Joseph's wrote a poignant message which read: "Rebecca brightened up the school and helped out in her time as a senior prefect.

"We were all so proud she followed her dream to do art at college."

A 16-year-old has been charged with Rebecca's murder and is due to appear at the Children's Court in Naas District Court today.

news@irishmirror.ie

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GRIEF: Mum Leonora watches as coffin is carried from church in Lucan yesterday Picture: Collins, Dublin' MISSED: Rebecca Kinsella
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 2, 2006
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