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The grieving mother of stabbed football coach Antoin Akpom has thanked the community for their support, saying it has given her comfort in the weeks since his death.
Mr Akpom, aged 20, died last month after being stabbed in Leicester.
His funeral took place this morning.
Cheryl Armatrading told ITV News Central the past few weeks had been "a rollercoaster" of emotion.
The mother of stab death victim Antoin Akpom has paid tribute to her son in song as friends and family gathered for his funeral.
Cheryl Armatrading sang a version of Peggy Seeger's The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, to hearty applause from the other mourners in the church.
Football coach Mr Akpom, aged 20, died last month after being stabbed in an attack in Kent Street, Leicester.
Family and friends have paid tribute to tragic Antoin Akpom, describing him as an "incredible person" who would be "deeply missed".
They spoke of his infectious smile and "happy-go-lucky" nature.
The funeral was broadcast outside the church via a PA system.
Floral tributes to stab death victim Antoin Akpom show the grief of his family.
Flowers spelling the words "brother", "son" and "fiancé" adorned the funeral hearse at St Peter's Church in Leicester today.
Mourners have gathered at a Leicester church to say their final farewells to football coach Antoin Akpom, who was killed in an attack in the city last month.
Hundreds of people are expected to attend the funeral, at St Peter's Church in Highfields.
The funeral service for a Leicester football coach who was stabbed to death will be held today.
Antoin Akpom, who was 20, died after being stabbed on Kent Street in the city last month.
More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the ceremony, which will be held at St Peter's Church in Highfields, Leicester, from 9.30am.
Two men have been charged with his murder.