Family And Friends Farewell Toyah Cordingley In Cairns
Slain Queensland woman Toyah Cordingley has been farewelled by family and friends in her hometown of Cairns.
Around 350 people packed into the small chapel at Manunda to farewell the 24-year-old, who was remembered as a kind soul who loved animals, and touched the lives of all who knew her.
Toyah's father Troy Cordingley made the tragic discovery of his daughter's body in sand dunes at Wangetti Beach on October 22, a day after she was reported missing.
She had driven to the popular spot for a Sunday afternoon walk with a dog. The slaying of the much-loved pharmacy worker has caused an outpouring of sorrow and shock in north Queensland.
Family friend David County officiated the service, telling those gathered to remember how she lived, not how she died.
"Today is not a day to be angry, today's not a day to hate, today's a day to love and reflect on how Toyah impacted our lives," County said according to the Cairns Post.
"The love, the laughter, the joy, these are the memories we want to keep forever, not the bad ones."
The Cairns Post reported also that County told the service Toyah's love of animals started at a young age, and she had fostered many "fur babies" over the years.
Messages from Toyah's father as well as her partner Marco Heidenreich were read out, with Troy Cordingley saying he lacked the words to describe the horror of having his girl taken from him.
"I know that you are with me now and will forever be with me, until one day we will be together again," he wrote.
Police are continuing to investigate Cordingley's homicide.
Investigators are keen to speak to a family consisting of a man, a woman and two children who were seen leaving the car park on Sunday, October 21 about 2.30pm.
It's the same carpark where Ms Cordingley left her car before she went for her walk.