Prayers offered for murdered teacher Ann Maguire

Prayers have been said at dozens of churches today for murdered school teacher Ann Maguire.

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Hundreds of balloons fly in tribute to slain teacher

Hundreds of pupils and former students of Ann Maguire gathered to launch more than 700 balloons to remember the murdered teacher.

Hundreds of balloons were launched in Leeds Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The community of Halton Moor, in Leeds, came together this afternoon to mark a week since Mrs Maguire, 61, was stabbed to death in her classroom at Corpus Christi Catholic College.

Many of the balloons had personal messages written on them Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

More than 500 people gathered on field opposite the huge floral tribute that has accumulated outside the school gates as a tribute to the much-loved teacher.

Current and former pupils took part in a football match Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Current year 11 pupils took on former students in a football match before the neighbouring Corpus Christi Church tolled its bell once to mark the moment when everyone let go of their balloons.

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Ann Maguire 'amazingly well known in local community'

A spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Leeds said:

We are asking everybody to remember Ann Maguire in their prayers, and to remember her family who will be under pressure and stress at this time.

She was amazingly well known in the local community for what she had done for young people.

Everybody is so hurt by what has happened and taking time to recover.

This is a time to remember her. We are talking about three generations of people - children, parents and grandparents - whose lives she has touched.

She made a major difference to a lot of people's lives through the care she gave them and her teaching.

Part of her philosophy was to make sure that students achieved their best, and this is a chance to remember her.

Church-goers to pay tribute to murdered teacher

Prayers will be said at dozens of church services across West Yorkshire today for teacher Ann Maguire who was killed in front of her pupils at a school in Leeds on Monday.

Prayers will be said at dozens of churches today for the family of murdered school teacher Ann Maguire. Credit: PA

The Catholic Diocese of Leeds wrote to all Catholic churches in the area, asking them to hold prayers for the 61-year-old who taught at Corpus Christi Catholic College for 40 years.

Together they have a combined congregation of around 32,000 people, the diocese said.

A book of condolence has also been opened at the cathedral in Leeds for those who want to express their sympathies.

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