Love, hope and peace at Nathalie's funeral
3 July 2006, BRUSSELS — The 10-year-old Nathalie Mahy was laid to rest at a private funeral service in Liège on Saturday.
3 July 2006
BRUSSELS — The 10-year-old Nathalie Mahy was laid to rest at a private funeral service in Liège on Saturday.
Nathalie was raped and strangled after disappearing from a Liège street party on the night of 9 June.
Her body and that of her seven-year-old step-sister Stacy Lemmens was found in a storm water system along the Liège-Antwerp railway last Wednesday.
Saturday's funeral service was strictly a private ceremony at the request of Nathalie's father Didier.
Some 80 police officers guarded a perimeter around the church to maintain privacy.
Most of the mourners were family and friends, but some politicians and a representative of the Belgian royal family also attended, VRT reported.
Nathalie's family arrived at the Saint Giles Church at about 10am and was greeted with applause by more than a hundred gathered mourners.
Mourners were joined by Finance Minister Didier Reynders, Liège province Governor Michel Forest, city council officials and a royal family representative.
Many people were dressed in white and pupils from Nathalie's school released colourful balloons into the air as the girl's coffin was carried out of the church.
The theme of the ceremony was childhood, love, hope and peace.
After the service ended, the parents of other children murdered in recent years walked behind Nathalie's parents as they made their way to the cemetery across the road.
The funeral of Stacy Lemmens will take place later on Monday. It is being broadcast live on television.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news