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Shot mother and baby buried in US

Entwistle funeral
Hundreds of mourners packed the small church

The murdered wife and baby daughter of Briton Neil Entwistle have been buried in a single grave in the US.

Hundreds of mourners packed the small church in Plymouth, Massachusetts, for the funeral of Rachel Entwistle, 27, and nine-month-old daughter Lillian.

Their bodies were found shot dead at the family's US home 10 days ago.

Mr Entwistle, a 27-year-old computer engineer, did not attend the funeral. He is not being treated as a suspect in the police inquiry into the deaths.

The church was packed with mourners for an hour-long Roman Catholic funeral Mass.

Mrs Entwistle's mother Priscilla Matterazzo, supported by her husband Joseph, led the chief mourners into the 19th-Century church.

Father Bill MacKenzie led the service and reminded those attending that only seven weeks after celebrating baby Lillian's baptism in the same church they were gathered again "in the saddest times".

A single coffin containing the bodies of teacher Mrs Entwistle and daughter Lillian was carried to the altar of the small church.

One of Mrs Entwistle's school friends broke down in tears as she paid tribute, describing her friend as a natural teacher who always expected the best of others.

Parents' home

On Tuesday, Mr Entwistle left his parents' home in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, but would not say where he was going.

A spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney's office in Massachusetts has said if Mr Entwistle was returning to the US it would not be in the custody of American investigators.

Rachel Entwistle, Lillian Entwistle
The Entwistles moved to the US after their daughter was born

District Attorney Martha Coakley, who has described Mr Entwistle as a "person of interest", said "consistent progress" was being made in the case.

Last Friday Mr Entwistle voluntarily attended the US embassy in London where he was questioned by detectives.

US police had previously spoken to him on the phone following the discovery of the bodies of his wife and daughter at their home in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, on 22 January.

The family had lived at the address for only 10 days.

The couple met through a rowing club when Mr Entwistle was studying at the University of York.

They married in 2003 and moved to the US shortly after their daughter was born.

Mrs Entwistle had worked as a teacher at St Augustine's Catholic High School in Redditch, Worcestershire, between 2002 and 2005. Her husband was said to have been looking for a job in the US.

Mrs Entwistle's family have said they are confident her killer will be brought to justice.

It is thought police may be looking into the possibility the killer had a grudge against the Entwistles, who ran an internet business.

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