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Tributes at funeral of newly-wed
funeral cortege
Chanel Taylor's funeral was held at Teversal
The husband of a young hairdresser shot dead within weeks of their wedding led the procession of mourners at her funeral on Friday afternoon.

A horse-drawn carriage took the coffin of Chanel Taylor, adorned with lilac wreaths, to St Katherine's Church, Teversal, near Sutton-in-Ashfield.

Lee Taylor said they had been looking forward to a happy future together.

He asked mourners to wear lilac, 23-year-old Chanel's favourite colour. She was shot at home in Huthwaite, Notts.

Father in custody

The newlywed's mother Anne, two brothers, Colt and Junior, and husband followed in silver limousines.

Her father, Terry Rodgers, 55, has been charged with her murder and remains in custody.

Mr Taylor said in a statement: "Chanel was everything to me, not just my wife, she was also my best friend.

"We had been through so much in our four years together and had become a stronger, closer couple.

"We knew each other inside out, talked for hours and always made each other laugh. I loved her so much.

"Chanel was determined to make something of her life and we were looking forward to a happy future together.

"She was such a loving person. We had talked about having children and I know she would have made a great mum.

"All those plans have been taken away now. I feel like I have lost everything."

Mr Taylor chose three of the couple's favourite songs to be played at the funeral service, rather than hymns.

Chanel's body was found by her husband at 1300 BST on 30 July in the dining room of their home.

Mr Rodgers, who gave his daughter away at her wedding, is expected to appear before a judge at Nottingham Crown Court in November.

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