Pupils plan guard of honour for Michaela
SCHOOL friends of slain 12-year-old Michaela Davis are expected to form a guard of honour at her funeral this morning.
Final preparations were made yesterday to include some of her favourite music in the ceremony.
Michaela was raped and strangled in the early hours of Saturday morning; her body dumped yards from her home.
The first-year student had begun her secondary school education just last Thursday, exactly one week before her funeral. She had enrolled at Luttrellstown Community School and was due to start her first full week on Monday.
Escorted by gardai, her body was returned to her parents on Tuesday evening in a small white coffin. A prayer service was held in their house in The Village, Porterstown, Co Dublin, for friends and neighbours.
Yesterday a steady stream of mourners called to the semi-detached house in the quiet estate to pay their final respects to parents Brendan and Deirdre and brother Brendan (16).
The family decided not to hold a removal and are instead bringing her straight to St Mochta's Church this morning for the funeral Mass. It was at this same church where she was christened and made her Holy Communion. She made her confirmation there last May.
Last night, tributes continued to pour in on the internet. "I don't know you but it doesn't make a difference; you're in everyone's thoughts," said Rosie Mannion. "God keep you safe."
On Monday, Jonathan Byrne (18) of Lohunda Downs, Clonsilla, was charged with her murder.