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University of Gloucestershire graduate Jo Yeates buried

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: February 12, 2011

  • tributes: Loved ones said goodbye to Joanna, left, yesterday; right, a mourner holds an order of service bearing her picture

  • Sad day: The coffin bearing the body of murdered architect Joanna Yeates, adorned with daffodils, is carried from St Mark's Church in Hampshire

  • loss: Joanna Yeates' parents David and Theresa and brother Chris attend the funeral

MURDERED University of Gloucestershire graduate Joanna Yeates was laid to rest in the village where she grew up yesterday.

Joanna, 25, was buried at St Mark's Church in Hampshire.

The wicker coffin was adorned with daffodils and followed by her parents David and Theresa.

Her boyfriend Greg Reardon was also in attendance.

The service was led by the vicar of Ampfield, the Rev Peter Gilks.

It is understood it was "very sombre" as the family felt unable to undertake a "celebration" as Joanna's life was cut so short.

The service was followed by a private interment attended by close family members and guests.

Joanna disappeared on December 17 after going for Christmas drinks with colleagues in Bristol.

Her frozen body was found dumped on a verge three miles from her home in the city, on Christmas Day.

Joanna's next-door neighbour Vincent Tabak, 32, has been charged with her murder.

The Dutch engineer, who works at Buro Happold in Bath, is expected to stand trial in October.

Meanwhile, Joanna's university tutor paid tribute to her, saying she was "destined for great things".

David Booth, programme director in landscape and environment at the University of Gloucestershire, said: "The university has been deeply saddened by the tragedy of Joanna's death.

"As a student on the postgraduate course in landscape architecture, Jo only studied with us for a year but in that time she made a strong and lasting impression.

"Jo had worked in practice in between studies and continued to work in Bristol while studying here full-time.

"Her design flair and professional experience showed immediately, especially in her large-scale landscape planning work, which was already at such a high standard that any practice would be proud to put their name to it.

"Jo was one of those students who you can tell would be destined for great things and it almost goes without saying that she graduated at the end of her studies in July with a distinction from her postgraduate diploma.

"Her death is a huge loss. She was well-liked and admired by her peers, she was very gifted.

"Many of our students have contacted us to say how much of an inspiration she was and that their thoughts are with her family."

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