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Alice Gross: Public memorial service to be held

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Image caption Alice Gross was last seen walking along the Grand Union Canal on 28 August

A public memorial ceremony is to be held in remembrance of murdered teenager Alice Gross.

Local people have been invited to the service, which will be held at Greenford Town Hall in Greenford on Sunday.

Alice went missing on 28 August and her body was found wrapped and weighted down in the River Brent a month later.

An inquest is being held into the death of the prime suspect Arnis Zalkalns, whose body was also discovered nearby.

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Image caption Members of the local community have gathered to pay tribute to Alice Gross

A post-mortem examination into the 14-year-old's cause of death proved inconclusive and more tests are being carried out.

Police are currently investigating her murder. The inquest has been adjourned until 29 January next year.

'Fitting tribute'

The memorial ceremony is being held by the family to thank local people "whose outpouring of support and grief has touched them deeply", Ealing Council said.

Alice's family has requested that no further flowers or tributes are laid at Hanwell Clock Tower because all displays will be removed from 3 November, the council added.

The family has set up a tribute and donation page with Youth Music in Alice's memory.

"We feel this is a fitting tribute to our daughter Alice," the family said.

"She loved music and music making and would have wanted other children to experience this joy."

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