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Monday, 2 July, 2001, 21:44 GMT 22:44 UK
Friends and family pay tribute to Jill Dando

In the wake of Barry George's conviction for the murder of Jill Dando, friends, family and colleagues of the BBC television presenter give their response to the verdict and pay tribute to her memory.

The Jill Dando Fund
The fund set up to raise money in Jill's name

Jill Dando gave her time to actively support many charities, among them the British Heart Foundation and a hospice in her home town. The BBC's Julie Etchingham looks back on Jill Dando's involvement with charities and the work they are doing in her memory.

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Alan Farthing:
Alan Farthing: "We have all lost an extraordinary person"

Alan Farthing

Jill's fiancé at the time of the murder, Mr Farthing says he has done his best to represent her throughout the trial. He adds that he hopes the trial can be a milestone in coming to terms with her loss.

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Jenny Higham:
Jenny Higham: "Jill meant more to me than words could ever say"

Jenny Higham

Jill's best friend reminds the gathered media that the outcome of the trial cannot bring the victim back. She joins Alan Farthing in thanking the investigation team for all their efforts.

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Nigel Dando:
Nigel Dando:" I have no feelings about Barry George"

Nigel Dando

Ms Dando's brother asks that those closest to Jill are now left in peace. He praises the jury and adds that he hopes all those involved will now be able to get on with their lives.

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Nick Ross:
Nick Ross: "Remember Jill not as the victim of a murder, but for her sunshine"

Nick Ross

One of Jill's closest colleagues, Nick Ross, expresses his relief and says he has no doubt that the jury was right. The Crimewatch presenter adds that he feels no bitterness towards Barry George, and that Jill should be remembered for "her sunshine."

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Sally Magnusson:
Sally Magnusson: "She was very much the girl about town"

'We'll always ask why...'

Two friends Jill made during her career were TV presenter Sally Magnusson and Karen Sugarman of the Children With Leukaemia Trust. They say that because of all the happy memories they share, they still have trouble coming to terms with Jill's murder.

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Jane Lush:
Jane Lush:"Nobody who knew Jill would have wanted to kill her"

Jane Lush

The BBC's Controller of Daytime Programmes says she feels relieved that justice has been done. Jane Lush insists that she and many of Jill's other colleagues always believed that the murder was the tragic work of an obsessive individual, rather than the result of a conspiracy.

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