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Profiles of Bellfield's victims
Former bouncer Levi Bellfield, 39, has been convicted of murdering two young women and trying to kill another in south-west London.

Here are profiles of the women he attacked:

MARSHA MCDONNELL - MURDERED

Marsha McDonnell
Ms McDonnell was on a gap year when she died

Marsha McDonnell, 19, had completed her A-levels and was taking a gap year before starting university when she died.

Described in court as an "attractive blonde", she was attacked just yards from the Hampton home she shared with her parents, Phil and Ute, her two sisters and younger brother.

Ms McDonnell, who was working in a gift shop in Kingston, had visited the cinema with friends on the night she was attacked.

Her sister Nathalie said: "She always thought of other people. She was a free spirit."

Speaking after the verdict, her uncle, Shane McDonnell, said: "Five years have passed since the night our beloved Marsha was so cruelly taken from this world, a girl that only had love in her heart, brutally slain by a man who only has hate in his."

Her uncle described the family's loss as devastating.

"Marsha we miss you, our world now is incomplete, like a rainbow with a colour missing, we thank you for the joy that you brought us in your short life, your goodness, sense of fun, spirit and passion for life remain with us", he said.

Ms McDonnell was passionate about music and a music room at the local children's hospice is dedicated to her memory.

Her uncle said: "For her family, life will never quite be the same ever again, the pain and hurt that we carry will always be there. It is a sentence with no remission."

AMELIE DELAGRANGE - MURDERED

Amelie Delagrange
Miss Delagrange came to London to improve her English

Amelie Delagrange, 22, had a "passion for the English language" and had moved to Britain to further her studies.

Ms Delagrange, from Amiens in France, had passed her baccalaureate exams "with ease", and spent six weeks living in Manchester as part of a language course.

She enjoyed and wanted to return to the UK - she had been living in Twickenham for just three months when she was killed.

She was working at a patisserie in Richmond, had a close circle of both English and French friends and was happy, the court heard.

Her parents Jean Francois and Dominique Delagrange travelled from France to the Old Bailey, to hear details of their daughter's death.

"She was a good student, sensible, and never gave her parents any problems," her mother told the court.

Her boyfriend, Olivier Lenfant, also described her as a sensible girl who thought she lived in a safe area.

In a statement Ms Delgrange's parents Dominique and Jean-Francoise said: "It is nearly four years since our lives and our family's lives were so seriously disrupted, descending into a horror - a living nightmare."

They added: "We would like to have heard from Bellfield a confession of sorts, some evidence of remorse. In this we were disappointed."

A memorial tree and a bench were placed on Twickenham Green by the local community and her family, dedicated to her memory.

KATE SHEEDY - SURVIVED

Kate Sheedy
Kate Sheedy suffered serious injuries when she was run over

Kate Sheedy, now 21, was the head girl at her convent school in Isleworth at the time of the attack.

She had spent the evening saying goodbye to friends after her last day at Gumley House School and was walking home when she was mown down by a car.

Ms Sheedy had organised celebrations for the sixth form leavers and gave a speech remembering her time at the school.

She missed her A-levels because of the attack but was granted her predicted grades, AAB, by the exam board and is now studying history and drama at York University.

The trial heard she remains mentally and physically scarred by the attack.

In a statement, Ms Sheedy said: "On the day I was attacked I was celebrating about moving onto a new and exciting time in my life.

"All that hope and excitement was taken from me and I thought my life had changed for ever."

The attack meant she attended university a year later than she had hoped.

"I will never be able to forget what happened to me, the scars on my body and the memories I have, are something I will never be rid of, but hopefully I can move on." she explained.

On top of the physical and mental ordeal, Ms Sheedy said there had also been the additional trauma and stress from the police investigation.





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