Ashley Dale laid to rest: Hundreds of mourners file into cathedral for funeral of Liverpool council worker, 28, shot dead in her own home
- Miss Dale died after her killer forced open her front door and fired several shots
- It happened around the same time that Sam Rimmer and Olivia Pratt-Korbel died
- Miss Dale’s funeral began at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral this afternoon
Hundreds of mourners flocked to a cathedral in Liverpool today to say a final farewell to Ashley Dale – the council worker who was gunned down in her back garden.
The 28-year-old died after her killer forced open the front door of her house in Old Swan in the early hours of Sunday August 21 and fired several shots ‘at random’.
Merseyside Police attended after being called by concerned neighbors who heard shots fired and saw a woman lying on the ground in the property’s back garden. Miss Dale was pronounced dead a short time later.
The fatal shooting came five days after the death of Sam Rimmer in Dingle and less than 24 hours before the murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel in Dovecot.
At her funeral at the Anglican cathedral in the city, a hearse carrying the white coffin to the entrance displayed the word ‘daughter’ in white flowers.
A private cremation will follow the interment.
As mourners gathered, Reverend Canon Juliet Stephenson called Ashley a ‘vibrant, beautiful young woman’, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Ashley Dale died after her killer forced open the front door of her house in the early hours of Sunday August 21 and fired several shots ‘at random’
Hundreds of mourners flocked to a Liverpool cathedral today to say a final farewell to the council worker
At her funeral at the Anglican cathedral in the city, a hearse carrying the white coffin to the entrance displayed the word ‘daughter’ in white flowers
A private cremation will follow the funeral later this afternoon, her family said
Flowers reading ‘Our Ash’ were placed on top of the hearse at the funeral of councilor Ashley Dale
The order of service for the funeral of Ashley Dale at Liverpool Cathedral this afternoon
Tributes poured in on social media this morning, including from Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Emily Spurrell, who wrote: ‘My heart goes out to Ashley Dale’s family, friends and loved ones as they lay her to rest today.
‘Sending my deepest sympathies and condolences on this difficult day.’
Miss Dale was considered a ‘rising star’ at Knowsley Council, where she worked as an Environmental Health Officer. Flowers were left at her desk as colleagues paid tribute to her.
Leader of Knowsley Council, Cllr Graham Morgan said the gesture was made by members of her team at the council who were “particularly hard hit” by her death.
Speaking at a meeting of Knowsley Council’s cabinet earlier this month, Cllr Morgan said: ‘The council lost a rising star when she was tragically and senselessly killed.’
He added: “Myself and Cllr Powell have met with Ashley’s team and it goes without saying that they are absolutely devastated at her loss. Ashley had been involved in supporting many elected members who have all commented on how positively she handled her work and how supportive she was.’
The funeral has been organized by Desmond L. Bannon & Sons Family Funeral Directors, who wrote in a note: ‘It is with great sadness that the family of the late Ashley Dale have asked us to announce her passing.
‘You are welcome to share. Ashley will be sadly missed and remembered by all her family and friends. The funeral will take place on Tuesday 20 September 2022 in the Anglican Cathedral.
‘Family have requested family flowers only, donations if desired to OLLY Children’s Charity.’
Miss Dale (pictured) was found with gunshot wounds to her body in the back garden of her home and pronounced dead a short time later
On September 14, officers arrested four men in connection with Miss Dale’s murder at locations across Merseyside and Cumbria.
The suspects include a 27-year-old man from Roby, who has been arrested on suspicion of murder and possession of a firearm; a 40-year-old man from Huyton arrested on suspicion of murder and possession of a firearm; a 35-year-old man from Old Swan arrested on suspicion of murder and possession of a firearm and a 57-year-old man from Croxteth arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
On 15 September, Merseyside Police announced that the three men arrested on suspicion of murder have now been released on conditional bail, while the fourth suspect was released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Two men and two women previously arrested in connection with Miss Dale’s murder remain on bail.