Courtney Herron Laid To Rest In Melbourne
Mourners have gathered for the funeral of homeless woman Courtney Herron, more than a week after her body was found in an-inner Melbourne park.
Dressed in black, loved ones of the 25-year-old left flowers outside St Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church at Moonee Ponds on Monday.
Her mother, Maxi Herron, and grandmother walked beside the coffin as it was brought into the church, decorated with pink lilies and white roses.
Following the service, Courtney Herron will be laid to rest at the Northern Memorial Park with her Pappou -- her beloved grandfather.
Herron's battered body was discovered by dog walkers in suburban Royal Park on May 25.
At a vigil staged in the park on Friday, Maxi paid tribute to her daughter.
"She is at peace. She is in the arms of her pappou," she said in front of a crowd of hundreds of people.
Homeless man Henry Richard Hammond, 27, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court last week, charged with murder.
Herron had been couch surfing and sleeping rough for some time while struggling with drug and mental health problems.
Police investigating her death described the attack as "particularly horrendous".
An online fundraising effort has collected more than $14,000 for Herron's funeral costs.
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