Under grey skies, the family and friends of Ann Marie Shirran gathered in St. John’s to say goodbye.
However, the memorial service at the Salvation Army Citadel will not be the end of the story for the 32-year-old mother, whose disappearance and apparent murder captured public attention this summer.
Another memorial service will be held in Corner Brook later in the week. Shirran lived in Steady Brook for 15 years.
More than 500 people attended the memorial service Tuesday.
Shirran went missing from her Kilbride home July 18. Police and search and rescue workers scoured the area around her home, as well as the forest near Blackhead Road.
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Thousands of people joined a Facebook group dedicated to finding Shirran. On Tuesday, several members of the group posted to say their thoughts and prayers are with Shirran’s family.
On Sept. 2, campers found Shirran’s body in the woods south of Cappahayden.
Less than 24 hours after the remains were identified, David Folker was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
Folker was Shirran’s boyfriend, and the father of her one-year-old son, Moses.