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Funeral of death stab hairdresser

The funeral will take place today of a hairdresser who was stabbed to death while working at a salon.

Hundreds of people are expected to gather at Gloucester Cathedral to pay their respects to 20-year-old Hollie Gazzard.

Miss Gazzard died on February 18 after allegedly being stabbed by her ex-boyfriend Asher Maslin, 22, at the Fringe Benefits and La Bella Beauty salon in Gloucester city centre.

Her family have asked that mourners wear bright colours and there will be a private cremation after the service at the cathedral.

Following Miss Gazzard's death her family said "the brightest star" in their lives had gone out.

"She was full of life and we are very proud of her. She was at the beginning of her life and to have it taken away in this manner is very hard to bear," they said.

"The world has lost a treasure, she was so loved by all her family and friends and the brightest star in their lives has now gone out."

Maslin, of Benhall Gardens, Cheltenham has been charged with murder and is expected to face trial at Gloucester Crown Court in the autumn. He has been remanded in custody.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is examining Gloucestershire Police's contact with Miss Gazzard before her death.

The IPCC said the investigation would examine contact between Miss Gazzard and the force and there will also be an analysis of how similar matters have been handled by the force.

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