Public service to remember Asha Muneer

More than 1000 people are expected to turn up to the funeral this afternoon, of a teenager from Reading - who was murdered last week.

18 year-old Asha Muneer, was stabbed to death last Monday evening.

It's thought the 6th Former was heading away from working at the Laura Ashley store in Rose Kiln Lane to meet up with some friends at the McDonald's restaurant at the Reading Gate shops.

A tribute has already been left at the scene - along the tow-path pavement which runs along side the A33 near Green Park in South Reading.

Because so many people have expressed their sadness and condolences at Asha's death, her family have arranged a large public service at the Reading's Rivermead Leisure Centre this afternoon at 1.30pm.

The centre has confirmed all are welcome, although the hall only has a capacity of 1000 and preference will be given to those who knew Asha.

Staff at the centre have told Heart they are expecting the hall to be full and for more people to gather outside.

The Muneer family say they've been overwhelmed with the support and messages of condolence from the teenager's friends and many people who'd just wanted to express their sorrow at the news.

Around 18,000 people have joined a Facebook tribute site for Asha - many from all over the country.