Hundreds gather for funeral of ‘much loved’ teacher, 32, after her husband was charged with her murder – The Sun

HUNDREDS of mourners today gathered for the funeral of a 'much-loved' teacher who was killed along with another women in an attack right before Christmas.

Amy Appleton was described as a "rock" by her family and her pupils flocked to her funeral to pay their respects, after her husband was charged with her murder.

The service was overflowing – more than 100 of those attending could not even fit inside the chapel, and watched the service on screens outside.

Ms Appleton, 32, and Sandy Seagrave, 76, were killed in Crawley Down, West Sussex, on December 22 2019 in an attack that shocked the small community.

Her husband Daniel Appleton, 37, of Hazel Way in Crawley Down, has been charged with their murders.

The service was led by the Rev Wim Mauritz  at St Richard's Chapel, at the Surrey and Sussex Crematorium.

A heart-breaking message on some flowers from Ms Appleton's parents read: "To our dearest, darling Amy. Sadly you will be missed but you remain in our hearts and live on forever."

Rev Mauritz said in a statement: "The death of Amy Appleton has had a huge impact on her family, friends and colleagues as well as the wider school community in Copthorne.

"Amy was a popular and much-loved teacher. Her passion and enthusiasm has had a positive influence on many children, pupils and parents."

"It was evident in the outpouring of feeling here today at her funeral and at our school memorial service that was held a few weeks ago."

Rev Maurtiz used the service to remind those in mourning there was always a light shining in the darkness – inspired by one of Ms Appleton's favourite songs, "My Lighthouse".

"Amy and Sandy Seagrave's deaths were a real tragedy but the message of the darkness not being able to overcome the light of Christ offers us all real hope.

"My prayer for Amy's family, friends and colleagues is that amidst our questions, sadness and grief this hope will give us a sense of comfort and peace."

Daniel Appleton has yet to enter a plea to the two murder charges, but a provisional trial date has been set for July 6.

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