"A beacon of light."

That was just one of the moving tributes paid by family and friends as they remembered well-loved Huddersfield student Jane Khalaf.

It was just one of the many tributes to the Shelley resident from people across Europe, some of whom travelled hundreds of miles to say farewell.

Many of them were at her funeral service at Hey Lane Cemetery, close to Castle Hill, on a bitterly-cold afternoon.

Hundreds more from the Kurdish community in Germany were said to have also wanted to attend, but were unable to make the journey due to visa issues.

Jane, 19, collapsed and died while on a placement in Cologne in Germany. She had been on a night out to celebrate the city's carnival and told friends she believed her drink had been spiked.

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman has already spoken out in the House of Commons about her death and urged the German authorities to investigate.

One of those who was able to attend the service was Dr Sadedin Mulla, the leader of the tight-knit Swedish Kurdish community and friend of 19-year-old Jane’s dad, Khalil.

He said that all of the country’s 66,000 Kurds were in mourning for Jane.

 

Dr Mulla said: “It’s a very bad situation for all Kurdish people.

“All Kurds in Sweden heard about what happened and we held a large memorial in Stockholm.

“It’s just my wish that the Government looks into the situation because we all believe that someone is responsible for her death and would hate for it to happen to anyone else.

“She was a proud part of the Kurdish community.”

Jane was well-known for being a campaigner for the rights of Kurds, and had spoken at a rally at St George’s Square in Huddersfield in the summer.

Sleman Shwaish, one of Jane’s friends and a chef in the Med One restaurant in Huddersfield owned by her family, added: “She was like a beacon of light for our community.”

A spokesman from Northumbria University, where she was in her second year of a history and politics degree, was in a group of half a dozen colleagues who made the two-hour journey to pay their respects.

He said: “She was an active, enthusiastic and promising student and wanted to make a positive difference.

“We’d like to express our sympathies to everyone and we will strive to keep her memory alive at the university.”

Below, see a short video showing prayers and song from Jane's funeral.

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Meanwhile, her grieving father, Khalil, said: “She was our angel and we cannot come to terms with what happened.

““We have been overwhelmed with the support that we have had.

“We are just praying that someone is held responsible for her death”.