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Hundreds gather to mourn Cardiff's hit-and-run victims

Craig Menzies after a tribute held by the local community for his sister Karina Menzies who was killed. Photo: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Hundreds gathered to share their grief at a sombre church and prayer service following a hit-and-run rampage that left one mother dead and tore a community apart.

Karina Menzies died, while and around a dozen were injured, when a van ploughed into pedestrians in Ely, Cardiff, on Friday afternoon.

Mourners place flowers ahead of a tribute outside the Fire Station in Ely, Cardiff, for Karina Menzies. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Raw emotion was seen in the Welsh capital as 200 people visited the murder scene en mass to hold a minute's silence for Ms Menzies.

And this evening, Reverend Jan Gould led a special service at Church of the Resurrection in Ely.

Mourners during a tribute held by the local community outside the Fire Station. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The vicar, who broke down during her morning service at the church, addressed a packed congregation from the pulpit.

She said: "Whether we've personally known one or more of the victims of Friday's terrible events, or whether we are here as a member of this community simply wanting to show solidarity, there can be no one who has not been profoundly affected by what has happened here this week.

"This grief, of Karina's tragic death... has broken the heart of our community, and the healing work that is now to be done will take a very, very long time.

– Reverend Jan Gould

"This must surely be perhaps the deepest grief we have shared as a community.

"We will never be the same again as a community - for how can we not be changed after such a tragedy."

The special church service was held in support of the victims of Friday's terrible events.

One died and nine people remain in hospital, as murder squad detectives continue to question a 31-year-old man.

The Reverend pleaded with people not to "harbour revenge" against the perpetrator.

She added: "We're here really to give the community a chance to just come together, to stand shoulder to shoulder in our shock and in our grief, and just try to encourage one another to support one another.

"If people aren't able to forgive, they will never really move on from this because harbouring revenge and anger, in the end, can only be destructive.

– Reverend Jan Gould

"My emotions did come out this morning, along with everyone else's, and that was no bad thing. In one way it was difficult, but in another it was a privilege to be able to try and help people in that way."

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