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Public funeral for Chloe and Aubrey Berry held today

Public funeral for Chloe and Aubrey Berry held today

The death of Chloe Berry, 6, and Aubrey Berry, 4, prompted an outpouring of grief from the community.

Rev. Ansley Tucker of Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria says the urn holding the ashes of Chloe and Aubrey Berry was covered with butterflies because they are a symbol of resurrection. "Aubrey and Chloe were very joyful, happy girls, and they brought joy to so many of us and so much love".

Six-year-old Chloe is being remembered as wise beyond her years - a book lover who had "a smile that lit up the world and made the sun come out on cloudy days", Hudson said during her eulogy.

Christ Church Cathedral School, where Chloe attended Grade 1, released the students today and the gymnasium will be open for a reception to follow the service. "We will be changed forever but the question is how we change".

Close to 900 mourners, many wearing ribbons in the girls' favourite colours, filled the church to pay their respects during a service that heard from family members, teachers and friends.

The first few rows of pews held close friends and family including the girls' mother, Sarah Cotton, and numerous girls' young friends from school.

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As expected by organizers, dozens of people flowed through the front doors of the church for 11 a.m. service to celebrate the sisters found dead on Christmas Day in their father's Oak Bay apartment.

"The last several weeks have been very hard and we've spent nearly all of our time with Sarah", family friend Trisha Lees said. "The thing she was talking about most was learning French". "That includes a lot of pictures of the girls and some videos", Lees said.

The girl's father, Andrew Berry, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and remains in custody.

Numerous more than 800 people who attended were total strangers, touched by this unimaginable tragedy.

"What I will say of her, is she's shown remarkable courage, grace and dignity under the circumstance. I hope that as the months and years go by when people think of Chloe and Aubrey, they think of joy".


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