Hundreds turn out for funeral of tragic teenager Ana Kriegel

Hundreds turn out for funeral of tragic teenager Ana Kriegel

HUNDREDS of people turned out for the funeral today of murdered teenager Anastasia Kriegel.

The civil service for the 14-year-old took place at a packed Newlands Cross Crematorium in Dublin.

Ahead of the service, Ana’s parents Patrick and Gerald had said their daughter loved ‘sparkle and colour’ and asked mourners to dress to reflect this.

Members of the teenager’s dance troupe formed a guard of honour as the hearse arrived, while her college choir performed A Million Dreams from the musical The Greatest Showman.

A poem recorded by her parents in English and French, was played at the end of the ceremony.

Celebrant Padraic Cawley told mourners: “This beautiful young girl has been taken from us.

"Yet there is something that can never be taken away, however long or short a life has been, and that is the experience of giving and receiving love.”

Ana, from Leixlip, Co. Kildare, was adopted from Russia at the age of two and the family asked for any donations to be made to the Russian Irish Adoption group.

Ana’s body was found in a disused farmhouse on the Clonee Road in Lucan on May 17, three days after she was last seen.

A 13-year-old boy charged with her murder is due to appear before the Children's Court in Smithfield, Dublin on Friday.