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Jersey family stabbings: Requiem Mass to be held

Kinga Rzeszowska
Image caption Kinga Rzeszowska and her brother Kacper are believed to have been killed

A special Requiem Mass is to be held to remember the six people who were stabbed to death in Jersey.

The mass is being held at St Thomas' Church, in St Helier, at 19:30 BST.

Izabela Rzeszowska, her two children, Kinga and Kacper, and her father Marek Garstki are believed to have been among those who died, on Sunday.

Father Stanislaw Adamiak, acting Chaplain to the Polish Catholic Mission, said the Mass was open to all to show "solidarity to Polish people".

A 30-year-old man, named locally as her husband Damian Rzeszowski, has been arrested in connection with the stabbings and remains stable in Jersey General Hospital.

The Mass will be celebrated by Monsignor Nicholas France, the Catholic Dean in Jersey, as well as Father Adamiak.

'Praying for souls'

Father Adamiak said it would be mostly in English with readings, prayers and songs in both English and Polish.

He said: "The mass will involve praying for the souls of the dead and praying for all the bereaved."

Jersey Police said they were waiting for confirmation from doctors about when he may be considered fit enough for police detention and questioning.

Mrs Rzeszowska's friend Marta de la Haye and young daughter Julia are also believed to have been killed.

A representative of the Polish Consul is visiting Jersey on Thursday to meet members of the Polish community.

The First Secretary for the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Monika Panasiuk, will also speak to the police who are investigating the deaths of three adults and three children at Victoria Crescent in St Helier.

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