HeadLine: Let It Be, a tragic anthem for town in tears
The Mirror, 04/09/2003, p5
by SHAUN MILNE
THE CHURCH speakers blasted out Jodi Jones’s favourite rock song, the
Nirvana anthem “Come As You Are” – and they did.
In their thousands they came to say farewell to the murdered Scots
schoolgirl, two months after her senseless death.
Some turned out in official school uniform, others in traditional black.
More still came in jeans, t-shirts and dozens more in Goth outfits.
People wept openly in the street during the hour-long service at
Gorebridge Parish Church in Dalkeith.
Her funeral began with the Nirvana song she used as a wake-up call
Some 400 or so of Jodi’s close friends and family packed the church,
but hundreds more outside listened to the emotional service through
Jodi’s mum, Judith, arrived at the church with her brother, Joseph, 19,
and sister, Janine, 18. Dozens of locals lined the streets as Jodi’s
funeral cortege passed by.
The lead car carried Jodi’s body inside a white wooden coffin. A
tribute spelt out “Toad” – mum Judy’s nickname for Jodi – in
Reverend Mark Nicholas said: “On June 30, evil had it’s day and left a
terrible scar. Jodi is irreplaceable. One day, the person who stole
Jodi’s life will have to give account for what they have done.”
During the service a CD compiled by Jodi’s friends and family was
played as a tribute. Mourners listened to “As Tears Go By” by the
Rolling Stones, “Let it Be” by the Beatles and “Wish you Were Here” by
Pink Floyd, a song specially chosen by Joseph.
Jodi’s coffin was laid to rest in Harvieston Cemetery beside her dad,
James, who took his own life five years ago.
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