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."
The widow of Alan Greaves has once again shown herself to be a selfless and compassionate person - by providing hot drinks and food for the many hundreds of people expected at her husband's funeral.
The vicar conducting the funeral service, the Reverend Canon Simon Bessant said it was further proof of the sort of people the Greaves were.
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.
The funeral of an organist who was murdered on his way to church on Christmas Eve takes place today.
Alan Greaves died after suffering serious head injuries in High Green in Sheffield. The public service will take place at St Saviour's Church, with proceedings shown on a large screen at nearby St Mary's Church.
The funeral of Alan Greaves will take place at St Saviour's Church in Sheffield on Wednesday 6th February. The 68-year-old died after sustaining head injuries in an attack as he walked to church on Christmas Eve.
A large number of mourners are expected and the service will be relayed to a large screen at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church 100 metres from St Saviour's.
Alan Greaves' wife, Maureen Greaves, has requested that the funeral be open to all.
Two men arrested over the murder of father and grandfather of four Alan Greaves as he walked to church on Christmas Eve in High Green in Sheffield have been released on bail this afternoon.
The men, one in his 20s and another in his 40s, were arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder.
Alan Greaves, 68, died after sustaining severe head injuries on Greengate Lane in High Green at around 11.15pm on Christmas Eve.
Anyone with information that could assist the murder inquiry should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 1183 of 24 December.
Alternatively, please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.