Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Condolence book opened for Joanna

Joanna Yeates' snow-covered body was found in a country lane in Failand, north Somerset, on Christmas morning
Notes are stuck into a book of condolence at Christ Church, Clifton, Bristol for Joanna Yeates
Police stop vehicles on Longwood Lane in North Somerset near to the spot where the body of Joanna Yeates was found

The public has been invited to remember and pay tribute to murdered Joanna Yeates after a book of condolence, supported by her family, was opened in her memory.

The snow-covered body of the 25-year-old landscape architect was found two weeks ago, on Christmas morning, after she had been missing from her Bristol home for eight days.

Her disappearance and murder has shocked the nation and messages of condolence to her family and friends have poured in from across the country.

The book of condolence has been opened at a church near Miss Yeates's flat in the upmarket Clifton area for people to send their thoughts and prayers to her family.

The Rev Wayne Massey, associate vicar of Christ Church Clifton, said: "From the start we have wanted to support both Jo's family and friends and also the community here.

"We have been in communication with Jo's family through the police liaison officer and opening a book of condolence is with their support.

"It is our hope that, in some small measure, it allows the people of Clifton and wider afield to record their messages of love and support and care for Jo's family and friends at this time.

"I hope it is some small measure of comfort. You can never truly get over the loss of a loved one and Jo's death was truly tragic, but our hope is that, if people write down their messages of support, it will bring some small measure of light into what must have been a really dark place for the family now.

"I think, in equal measure, people in the community are shocked and saddened. You don't expect something like this on your doorstep in life and you certainly don't expect it at Christmas as well.

"People have been shocked and saddened and want to do all they can to help the police and send their love to the family."

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