(Manchester Evening ) – An elderly lady clutches onto beads and weeps as schoolgirls dressed in blazers and ties share hugs.
The raw emotion of mourners at the funeral of Shukri Abdi in Bury is overwhelming as the community comes to terms with the tragedy.
Hundreds of people gathered at Noor Ul Islam Mosque to pay their respects on Friday.
The 12-year-old lost her life after drowning in the River Irwell just over one week ago.
She had been with two other girls near Dunster Road when she disappeared into the water at around 8pm on Thursday. Her body was recovered by the emergency services at around midnight.
The Broad Oak Sports College pupil has moved to Bury around a year ago from Somalia with her family.
Family members and friends comforted her mother Zamzam Ture during the emotional service.
In a previous interview with The Manchester Evening News, Zamzam described her daughter as an ‘amazing’ and quiet girl.