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Hundreds mourn teen Swedish murder victim

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Hundreds mourn teen Swedish murder victim
Mourners remember Swedish teenager Lisa Holm. Photo: Thomas Johansson/TT
17:33 CEST+02:00
UPDATED: Family, friends and community members have attended the funeral of Swedish schoolgirl Lisa Holm, who was found dead after disappearing a month ago.

Hundreds of people turned up to Säters Church in Skövde where the teenager's funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon.

Speakers were put up outside so that those who could not get into the building were still able to follow the ceremony.

Vicar Lars Tullberg led the service, reading out a text written by the teenager's family about her dreams of travelling and living in Australia.

The congregation also listened to the track "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry, with many moved to tears as the music was played.

Lisa Holm, 17, disappeared on June 7th after working a shift at a café in Lidköping, a small town in a rural area north east of Gothenburg, close to two of Sweden's largest lakes. 

Her body was found a week later after the largest volunteer search in Swedish history, and her tragic fate shocked the whole of Sweden.


Mourners paying tribute to tragic teenager Lisa Holm. Photo: Thomas Johansson/TT

Lisa Holm's family has barely spoken to Swedish media, but last month chose to tell their local newspaper Skaraborgs Allehanda about their loss.

They painted a picture of a schoolgirl who was sometimes shy around new people but had been a happy teenager who cared about others and was curious about the world.

“She loved to travel, it was the best thing she knew about!” the relatives explained, adding that she had hoped to study architecture in Australia.

They explained that they had been approached by other media and had found the experience stressful and had chosen to speak only to their local paper to thank the community for its support following their loss.

“We want to do this, among other things, to get a chance to say thanks for the enormous commitment that people demonstrated.”

READ MORE: Murdered schoolgirl's family speaks of loss

Two brothers and a woman were initially arrested last month after police found the body of the teenage schoolgirl following one of the most high-profile missing person cases in Swedish history. The woman and the younger brother have both been released since then, but the older man remains in custody.

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