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Alice Gross' mother tells of grief and anger at her murder

Ros Hodgkiss, the mother of Alice Gross, said she 'cannot imagine life' without her youngest daughter. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The parents of murdered schoolgirl Alice Gross have spoken of their huge loss at an emotional public memorial service for their daughter.

Alice's mother Ros Hodgkiss and father Jose Gross spoke to hundreds of well-wishers who had queued in driving rain to attend the humanist service in Greenford, west London.

Many in the congregation were left in tears as two songs recorded by 14-year-old Alice, a talented singer, were played at the service.

Her mother told the congregation:

I have been numbed by shock and grief, I have felt outrage and anger at the loss of her life and unbelievable sadness at the emptiness that has been left.

I have wracked my brains for all the 'what ifs' of that day, anything that might have stopped this random, incomprehensible tragedy.

It is even harder to talk about that pain than it is to talk about Alice. I cannot imagine life without Alice.

– Ros Hodgkiss

The memorial service at Greenford Town Hall, Middlesex was held just over a week after Alice's family held a funeral for the schoolgirl.

Alice's body was found in the River Brent in west London on September 30, four weeks after she disappeared.

Alice's parents Ros Hodgkiss, centre, and Jose Gross, second from left, held the public service in thanks to the community's support. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The prime suspect in her murder, Latvian national and convicted killer Arnis Zalkalns, was found hanged on October 4.

Alice's disappearance sparked an outpouring of support around Hanwell, where she lived with her parents and elder sister, Nina.

This picture of Alice led the order of service for the public memorial service at Greenford Town Hall. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire