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Funeral for mother and children
(L to R) Kesha Wizzart, Beverly Samuels and her son Fred
The three victims were found dead at their home in Fallowfield
Hundreds turned out for the funeral of a mother and her two children who were beaten to death in their own home.

The bodies of Beverley Samuels, 36, her daughter Kesha Wizzart, 18, and son Fred, 13, were found at their house in Fallowfield, Manchester, on 12 July.

The funeral cortege was led by a black flower-filled hearse, followed by three horse-drawn carriages to The Holy Name of Jesus Church on Oxford Road.

Pierre Williams, 32, from Birmingham, has been charged with their murder.

A post-mortem examination showed that they had all died of head injuries.

The funeral cortege
Hundreds lined the streets for the funeral

Mrs Samuels worked as a nurse at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, just down the road from where her funeral was held.

Kesha was a former pupil at Parrs Wood High School, where she had just completed her A-levels and won a scholarship to study law at the University of Manchester.

The cortege left the family's home in Thelwall Avenue just after 0945 BST.

More than 100 grieving friends and family members lined the street outside the church to pay their respects.

Scores of onlookers also stood opposite to pay silent tribute as the procession arrived just after 1030 BST.

Father Tom Connolly sprinkled holy water on the three coffins as they were held aloft by white-gloved pallbearers, before they were taken inside for the start of the service.

We want to celebrate the life, love and light they brought to some many
Statement from the family

Friends and family members gave readings and paid tribute to Mrs Samuels and her children.

An order of service handed out to mourners began with the words: "Our memories are our keepsakes to which we will never part.

"God has you in his keeping, we have you in our hearts."

The children's father, also called Fred, left flowers dedicated to his daughter and son.

'Ambition and strength'

A note on the bouquet for Kesha read: "My beautiful daughter Kesha, you are forever in my heart. I love you and miss you so much. With love always, Dad."

The note on the flowers for his son read: "My handsome son Fred, you are always on my mind. I love you and miss you so much. Look after your mother and sister. With love always, Dad."

A statement was read out by police on behalf of the family.

The statement said: "It will be incredibly difficult to say goodbye to Beverley, Kesha and Fred, but we want this to be a day for us to remember how they lived rather than the way they died.

"We want to celebrate the life, love and light they brought to some many.

"They had ambition and strength. Their success made us proud."

The funeral for Beverley Samuels and her two children is held

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