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Hundreds dress in pink for funeral of girl, 6, murdered on Isle of Bute

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Hundreds of people wearing pink have lined the streets for the funeral of schoolgirl Alesha MacPhail, who was killed on the Isle of Bute.

The six-year-old was staying with relatives on the island, in the Firth of Clyde, at the start of the summer break when she was found dead.

A 16-year-old boy was charged with rape and murder following the discovery of Aleshas body in woodland on July 2.

Hundreds dress in pink for funeral of girl, 6, 'murdered' on Isle of Bute

A 16-year-old boy was charged with rape and murder following the discovery of Aleshas body in woodland on July 2. (Picture: PA)

Family and friends have gathered for a service at Coats Funeral Home in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire.

Alesha was a pupil at Chapelside Primary School in nearby Airdrie.

MacGregor Family Funeral Directors said in a statement on Facebook: With great sadness and heavy hearts we respectfully announce the funeral arrangements for little Alesha MacPhail.

Funeral cortege arrives at the Coats Funeral Home, in Coatbridge, prior to the funeral of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail, whose body was found on the Isle of Bute earlier this month. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 21, 2018. A 16 year old male is charged with the rape and murder of Alesha on the Isle of Bute. See PA story FUNERAL Bute. Photo credit should read: Lesley Martin/PA Wire

Family and friends have gathered for a service at Coats Funeral Home in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. (Picture: PA)

Alesha MacPhail funeral. Picture: @HeartScotNews METROGRAB https://twitter.com/HeartScotNews/status/1020596239593803777 TAKEN WITHOUT PERMISSION

Hundreds of people wearing pink have lined the streets for the funeral of schoolgirl Alesha MacPhail, who was killed on the Isle of Bute. (Picture: Twitter)

Family and friends gather at the Coats Funeral Home, in Coatbridge, prior to the funeral of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail, whose body was found on the Isle of Bute earlier this month. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 21, 2018. A 16 year old male is charged with the rape and murder of Alesha on the Isle of Bute. See PA story FUNERAL Bute. Photo credit should read: Lesley Martin/PA Wire

The six-year-old was staying with relatives on the island, in the Firth of Clyde, at the start of the summer break when she was found dead. (Picture: PA)

File photo dated 04/07/18 of a picture among tributes near a house on Ardbeg Road on the Isle of Bute in Scotland, after the body of Alesha MacPhail was found in woodland on the site of a former hotel by a member of the public. The funeral of the schoolgirl is to take place at Coats Funeral Home in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, on Saturday morning. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday July 21, 2018. See PA story FUNERAL Bute. Photo credit should read: John Linton/PA Wire

Little Alesha was found dead on the Isle of Bute (Picture: PA)

Members of the public watch the funeral cortege at the Coats Funeral Home, in Coatbridge, prior to the funeral of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail, whose body was found on the Isle of Bute earlier this month. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 21, 2018. A 16 year old male is charged with the rape and murder of Alesha on the Isle of Bute. See PA story FUNERAL Bute. Photo credit should read: Lesley Martin/PA Wire

Members of the public watch the funeral cortege at the Coats Funeral Home (Picture: PA)

Following this, Alesha will be taken to her final resting place in Coltswood Cemetery.

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Aleshas family would welcome and be comforted by the attendance of anyone affected by this tragedy who wish to pay their final respects.

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We ask that the community show their support and help the family through this tragedy and through this very difficult day in their lives.

Mum and Dad have requested that everyone wears something pink.

Funeral cortege arrives at the Coats Funeral Home, in Coatbridge, prior to the funeral of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail, whose body was found on the Isle of Bute earlier this month. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 21, 2018. A 16 year old male is charged with the rape and murder of Alesha on the Isle of Bute. See PA story FUNERAL Bute. Photo credit should read: Lesley Martin/PA Wire

Funeral cortege arrives at the Coats Funeral Home, in Coatbridge, prior to the funeral of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail, whose body was found on the Isle of Bute (Picture: PA)

Funeral cortege arrives at the Coats Funeral Home, in Coatbridge, prior to the funeral of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail, whose body was found on the Isle of Bute earlier this month. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 21, 2018. A 16 year old male is charged with the rape and murder of Alesha on the Isle of Bute. See PA story FUNERAL Bute. Photo credit should read: Lesley Martin/PA Wire

Following this, Alesha will be taken to her final resting place in Coltswood Cemetery. (Picture: PA)

Father Robert MacPhail (front) and uncle Calum MacPhail carry the coffin attend at Coats Funeral Home, in Coatbridge, for the funeral of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail, whose body was found on the Isle of Bute earlier this month. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 21, 2018. A 16 year old male is charged with the rape and murder of Alesha on the Isle of Bute. See PA story FUNERAL Bute. Photo credit should read: Lesley Martin/PA Wire

Father Robert MacPhail (front) and uncle Calum MacPhail carry the coffin (Picture: PA)

Family and friends gather at the Coats Funeral Home, in Coatbridge, prior to the funeral of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail, whose body was found on the Isle of Bute earlier this month. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 21, 2018. A 16 year old male is charged with the rape and murder of Alesha on the Isle of Bute. See PA story FUNERAL Bute. Photo credit should read: Lesley Martin/PA Wire

A 16-year-old boy was charged with rape and murder (Picture: PA)

NB This photo was circulated by Mrs King when Alesha went missing, the picture is still available on her Facebook page. A Facebook message by Angela King the grandmother of Alesha MacPhail posted after she was found to be missing in Rothesay, Isle of Bute. A body has been found in the search for a six-year-old girl on teh Isle of Bute. The child from Rothesay was reported missing at 6.25am on Monday. At about 9am, officers found the body of a young girl on the site of a former hotel.

A candlelit vigil was held in Rothesay on Bute earlier this month and an online fundraiser set up to support relatives reached almost £13,000.

Now in the arms of the Angels.

A candlelit vigil was held in Rothesay on Bute earlier this month and an online fundraiser set up to support relatives reached almost £13,000.

Aleshas mother Georgina Lochrane previously thanked those who have helped the family following the youngsters death.

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