Murdered teen Alice Gross's mum tells of her heartbreak
The mother of murdered schoolgirl Alice Gross has spoken of her anger at her daughter's killing and how she misses all the hugs and snuggles she got from a teenager who still called her "mummy".
Ros Hodgkiss revealed she keeps asking herself if there was anything she could have done to prevent the "random, incomprehensible tragedy" of the 14-year-old's brutal slaying.
She and Alice's father Jose Gross spoke to hundreds of people who attended an emotional memorial service for the teenager in Greenford, near her west London home, with scores waiting in the pouring rain beforehand to pay their respects.
Many of the assembled crowd were in tears as Mrs Hodgkiss said: "I have been numbed by shock and grief, I have felt outrage and anger at the loss of her life and unbelievable sadness at the emptiness that has been left.
"I have racked my brains for all the 'what ifs' of that day, anything that might have stopped this random, incomprehensible tragedy.
"It is even harder to talk about that pain than it is to talk about Alice. I cannot imagine life without Alice."