Church organist's funeral

The funeral of church organist Alan Greaves, who was beaten to death on Christmas Eve, has taken place today.

Widow praises 'truly beautiful' husband at funeral

The widow of an organist, who was killed while travelling to a service on Christmas Eve, has told his funeral service about her determination "to turn aside from hatred, vengeance, unforgiveness and retaliation towards those who had killed him".

Maureen Greaves said her husband Alan was "a truly beautiful man" at his funeral in St Saviour's Church, Sheffield - just a few hundred metres from where he was killed.

Neil Connery reports:

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Hundreds of mourners attend church organist's funeral

Hundreds of people packed into two churches to pay their respects to a lay preacher and organist who was killed on Christmas Eve as he travelled to a service.

The funeral of church organist Alan Greaves was held today. Credit: Family handout

The funeral service for Alan Greaves, who was 68, took place at St Saviour's Church in High Green, Sheffield, a few hundreds metres from where he was attacked.

The service was also shown via video link at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, which is just down the road and was also packed.

Mr Greaves suffered head injuries close to his home at around 11.10pm on December 24.

Funeral for church organist Alan Greaves to take place

The funeral of church organist Alan Greaves, who was beaten to death on Christmas Eve, will take place today.

The 68-year-old was on his way to Midnight Mass when he was attacked on Greengate Lane close to his home at around 11.10pm on December 24th.

Church organist Alan Greaves died on Christmas Eve on his way to midnight mass Credit: Family handout

The service will take place at St Saviour's Church in High Green, Sheffield, at noon, and will be relayed to a large screen at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church.

Two men have appeared in court over Mr Greaves' murder and two more remain on bail in connection with his death.

Read: Organist suspects remanded

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