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A song for Hollie, a year after her murder

Hollie Gazzard was murdered in Gloucester a year ago today Credit: Family

The words come from the song "Just the way you are" by Bruno Mars but they might as well have been written for Hollie Gazzard, the young hairdresser who was stabbed to death a year ago today.

Oh, her eyes, her eyes Make the stars look like they're not shinin' Her hair, her hair Falls perfectly without her trying She's so beautiful And I tell her everyday

They were sung at a vigil this evening to remember Hollie. It took place outside the hairdressing salon in Gloucester where the 20-year-old worked - and where she was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend.

Here's the song sung in memory of Hollie Gazzard, who died on 18 February 2013.


Service to remember Hollie, one year on

Hollie Gazzard was murdered a year ago today Credit: Family

A year ago today Hollie Gazzard was stabbed to death in the hairdressing salon where she worked in Gloucester.

The attack was carried out by her former boyfriend Asher Maslin. He's now been sentenced to a minimum of 18 years in prison.

This evening her family will gather outside the salon where she worked for a service of remembrance.

Her father Nick says hundreds of people are expected to attend.

We want it to be a celebration, because it is a year since Hollie has died. And lot of good things have happened in that year, since she has died, so we wanted to celebrate her life, and all those people who have helped us throughout that year to join us and celebrate as well.

– Nick Gazzard, Hollie's father

Since Hollie's death, her family and friends have worked tirelessly to combat domestic abuse. The Home Secretary has issued a statement to mark the anniversary of Hollie's murder.

I offer my condolences to Hollie Gazzard’s family on the first anniversary of her tragic murder.

I commend the work of her family to set up the Hollie Gazzard Trust in her honour. It is to stop cases like Hollie’s that I have brought forward legislation to criminalise coercive and controlling behaviour. I have also placed domestic homicide reviews on a statutory footing to make sure lessons are learnt from these individual tragedies.

The best thing we can do to honour the memory of Hollie and other victims is to work to end all violence against women and girls.

– Theresa May MP, Home Secretary

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Hollie's family lead remembrance walk

Hollie's family have set up a charitable trust following her death Credit: ITV News West Country

A large crowd have joined the family of Hollie Gazzard in Cheltenham to take part in a remembrance walk. Since her death in February they have have set up a charitable trust in her name, to sponsor the training of young hairdressers and contribute towards the fight against domestic violence.

Walk to raise funds for new charitable trust

Money raised will go towards a new charitable trust Credit: ITV News West Country

Her family have set up a charitable trust in her name, to sponsor the training of young hairdressers, and also to contribute towards the fight against domestic violence. Today friends and family will walk from Gloucester to Cheltenham to raise money for the trust.

Cakes and sweets donated to the event will be sold to raise funds. Credit: ITV News West Country
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