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Ashley Woolley murder: Hundreds attend Chelmsford Cathedral funeral

Mourners at Ashley Woolley funeral
Image caption A funeral service took place at Chelmsford Cathedral for 18-year-old student Ashley Woolley

Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of a teenager who died after being stabbed in a park.

Ashley Woolley, 18, died in hospital on 18 December, following the attack in Oaklands Park, Chelmsford. A 17-year-old boy has been charged with murder.

Members of Ashley's family and his friends gathered at Chelmsford Cathedral to pay their respects.

"Sweetheart, words cannot say how much we love and miss you. You'll forever be in our minds," his mother said.

Mr Woolley's family said they wanted him to be remembered not for his violent death, but for being a "fun-loving, creative person".

Image caption Ashley Woolley's family said they wanted him to be remembered as "fun-loving and creative"

Many mourners had got to know Mr Woolley at Chelmsford College, where he was working towards a BTec in Business studies.

Principal Andy Sparks said the college community had been left shocked and upset by this "tragic loss".

Since his death, his friends have been raising money for Essex air ambulance and the paramedics who tried to save Mr Woolley's life.

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