Public funeral today for two BC girls allegedly murdered on Christmas Day

Public funeral today for two BC girls allegedly murdered on Christmas Day

The sisters, aged four and six, were found dead in an apartment in nearby Oak Bay on Christmas Day.

Andrew Berry, the father of the girls, is in custody and has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

The service is being held at Victoria's downtown Christ Church Cathedral. Six-year-old Chloe attended Grade 1 at Christ Church Cathedral School that sits on the corner of the cathedral grounds.

"I would like Aubrey and Chloe to be remembered with great joy", said a friend of their mother, Sandra Hudson.

"We've taken a lot of care in planning over the last 10 days or so", said family spokesperson Trisha Lees aheads of today's public memorial service. "I think it's the first step in the beginning of a process that's going to be really long".

"What I will say of her, is she's shown remarkable courage, grace and dignity under the circumstance".

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The service begins at 11 a.m.at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria with a reception to follow in the school hall.

Another friend, Trisha Lees, said the last few weeks have been very hard and they have been spending all their time with the girls' mother, Sarah Cotton.

"They brought joy to so many of us and so much love", she said. "That's what I'll be thinking of today".

"My most favourite memories of them are a series of them really, where we spent time at the beach", Lees told the Oak Bay News.

Reverend Ansley Tucker, the rector at Christ Church Cathedral, said in an interview the funeral service would be a way for people to share their deep grief.

Aubrey and Chloe had been spending time with their father early on December 25, as allowed under his custody arrangement with their mother, from whom he has been separated since 2013.

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