Around 350 close friends and family on Sunday attended the funeral of Miyako Hiraoka, the first year Shimane University student whose body parts were found in the mountains of Hiroshima Prefecture earlier this month, a week after she went missing.
At the service, which was held in Hiraoka's native Kagawa Prefecture, her father opened the ceremony with a trembling voice, saying, "I never thought she would go before us." As he stood before the altar decorated with a photo of Miyako's smiling face and a string of 1,000 paper cranes, he said to the attendees, "Please live and be happy for my daughter's sake as well."
Sobs could be heard around the room, many from the 60 classmates who came from Shimane to attend the funeral.
University dean Yuichi Honda said, "The life of a student who was full of hope and promise has been stolen from us. We weren't able to protect her."
At the same time as the funeral, an offering of flowers was held at the university in Shimane's Hamada City, attended by over 100 people. Yukihiro Kanayama, a 3rd year student, said, "She was loved by so many people, and we'll never forget that she was alive here with us."
A stand was covered with flower bouquets and stuffed animals, given by attendees in remembrance of Miyako. A fourth year student said with tears in his eyes, "She was always so cheerful. I hope the murderer gets the worst they can give him."© Wire reports