Mourners line streets of Merseyside to say goodbye to Elle Edwards at funeral for the beautician shot in a pub on Christmas Eve
- Elle Edwards, 26, was celebrating Christmas when she was shot dead last month
- A gunman opened fire at the Lighthouse pub in Wallasey Village on December 24
- Connor Chapman charged with nine counts including the murder of Ms Edwards
The funeral of a beautician shot at a pub on Christmas Eve is set to take place this lunchtime.
Mourners dressed in black were see arriving at St Nicholas’s Church in Wallasey ahead of the 12.30pm service to remember Elle Edwards.
It will be led by Reverend Jeff Staples, who has been in regular contact with Ms Edward’s grieving family.
Ms Edwards, 26, was celebrating Christmas with friends when a gunman opened fire at the Lighthouse pub in Wallasey Village, Wirral, shortly before midnight.
Mourners arrive ahead of the funeral for Elle Edwards at St Nicholas’s Church in Wallasey
The service will be led by Reverend Jeff Staples, who has been in regular contact with Ms Edward’s grieving family
Elle Edwards, 26, was shot dead outside the Lighthouse Pub in The Wirral on Christmas Eve
She is not believed to have been the intended target of the attack, which also hurt four men.
In an interview with Sky News this month, her father Tim Edwards said: ‘She was beautiful looking and she was a great hugger.
‘She was just a fantastic human being with a heart of gold.’
Mr Edwards hopes a foundation in his daughter’s name will combat gun violence in the region.
A 22 year-old man has been arrested and charged with murdering Ms Edwards with a submachine gun.
It is not believed that Ms Edwards was the intended target of the shooting which happened just minutes before Christmas Day
The Lighthouse Pub in Wallasey Village in the early hours of Christmas morning after Ms Edwards was shot dead
Connor Chapman appeared at Liverpool Crown Court via videolink last Monday charged with nine counts including murder. He is due to stand trial in June.
A trial date for Chapman has been set for June 7, with the case expected to last three to four weeks.
He is also charged with the attempted murder of of Jake Duffy and Kieran Salkeld and three counts of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm of Harry Loughran, Nicholas Speed and Liam Carr.
The suspect is also charged with possessing a Scorpion submachine gun and ammunition with intent to endanger life on Christmas Eve and handling stolen goods, a Mercedes A class vehicle, between December 22 and Boxing Day.