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Loved ones gather for Courtney Herron’s funeral

Ms Herron’s casket was adorned with pink and white flowers. Courtesy: AAP

Mourners have gathered for the funeral of homeless woman Courtney Herron, more than a week after she was allegedly murdered in a Melbourne park.

Loved ones of Ms Herron, 25, met at the St Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church in Moonee Ponds this morning.

Her casket was adorned with pink lillies and white roses. Others laid flowers at the door of the church.

Following the service, Ms Herron will be laid to rest at the Northern Memorial Park with her ‘pappou’ – her beloved grandfather.

In lieu of flowers, Ms Herron’s family have asked mourners make donations to Front Yard Youth Services.

Ms Herron’s battered body was found by dog-walkers in Royal Park in Parkville on May 25.
Police allege she had been the victim of a “horrendous bashing”.

Hundreds of people gathered at the park on Friday for a vigil, including Ms Herron’s mother Maxi and grandmother Connie.

“She is not crying, she is watching down. She is at peace. She is in the arms of her pappou saying ‘it’s okay Mum I’ve shed my tears’,” Mrs Herron told the crowd through tears.

Courtney Herron was found dead in a Melbourne park on May 25.

“This outpouring of love is unexpected.
“My baby in life thought people didn’t care, and that people were staring at her. But she is in heaven watching down, saying ‘I am loved’.”

At the time of her death, Ms Herron had been couch surfing and sleeping rough while struggling with drug and mental health problems.

Homeless man Henry Richard Hammond, 27, is charged with Ms Herron’s murder.
He appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court last week with a black eye.
Mr Hammond remains in custody and his case returns to court in September.