Katie Kenyon funeral: Tearful mourners wear purple as they bid farewell to 'murdered' mum found dead with head injuries

HEARTBROKEN mourners are today saying a final goodbye to a mum-of-two found dead after she was last seen getting into a van.

Katie Kenyon, 33, vanished last month after leaving a home in Burnley with a man before travelling in the silver van.

Her body was found in the Forest of Bowland on April 29 with a post mortem confirming she died from head injuries.

Andrew Burfield, 50, is due to stand trial in November charged with murder.

A service to celebrate Katie's life is being held at St Leonard's Church in Padiham, Lancs, before she is laid to rest in Burnley Cemetery.

Mourners were asked to wear purple, which is the mum's favourite colour, and bring lilies to the funeral.

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Katie's coffin was taken on the procession in a horse-drawn white carriage adorned with purple and white flowers spelling out her name and "mum".

Her sister Sarah Kenyon previously said the family were "absolutely overwhelmed" by the support they have been shown following her death.

In a statement on Facebook, she added: "Katie's funeral will be held on Friday 20th May 2022 where a church service will be held at St Leonard’s church, Padiham at 10:30am.

"After the church service we will be following beautiful Katie up to Burnley cemetery, Rossendale Road, where Katie’s burial will be.

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"After the burial, we will be making our way to Rosegrove Unity where we can celebrate Katie’s life and cherish all the memories each and everyone of us have, together. As a family we have requested everyone to wear purple (amethyst), Katie’s favourite colour or anything colourful for Katie’s day.

"If anyone is wanting to bring flowers we would like Katie be surrounded by her favourite flower, which are Lilies. If anyone Is wanting to kindly donate, we are asking for donations to go to St Leonard’s Church.

"Again we want to thank every single one of you for all the support, donations and love you have all shown and given and still giving! We are absolutely overwhelmed and feeling the love."

A search for Katie was launched after a woman matching the mum-of-two’s description was seen travelling with a man in the Transit to Bolton by Bowland near Gisburn Forest.

Specialist officers were seen trawling the woodland for clues as they stepped up the search for Katie.

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Tragically her body was found eight days later.

Burfield has been remanded in custody to next appear at Preston Crown Court on August 22.

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