The vicar conducting the funeral service for church organist Alan Greaves has spoken of the day "darkness walked the streets of High Green". But the Reverend Canon Simon Bessant said it was still a safe area and that the attack on Mr Greaves was thankfully "out of the ordinary.
Speaking before the service, Rev Bessant described Mr Greaves as a "much loved friend who was hugely respected and very well known in the community."
Hundreds of people are expected inside and outside Saint Saviour's Church at High Green, near Sheffield at noon today for the funeral of church organist Alan Greaves. More from our reporter David Hirst later.
The family of Alan Greaves, the church organist who died after being attacked on Christmas Eve, want as many people as possible to go to his funeral. So many mourners are expected at St Saviour's Church in High Green, Sheffield, that a large TV is being installed outside the church.
Mr Greaves, who was 68, was on his way to the church to play the organ at the Christmas Eve service when he was attacked. He died in hospital three days later.
Mr Greaves left his wife, Maureen, four grown up children and he was a grandfather. A retired social worker, he played the piano for a nearby primary school and he and his wife set up a local food bank. Two men have been charged with his murder.