Ashley Dale: City in mourning, flags at half-mast as crowds throng funeral of murdered council worker
Dale passed away after the killer forced her to open the front door of her home in Old Swan and fired multiple shots 'indiscriminately'
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND: In the memory of the popular council worker, Ashley Dale, who was fatally shot dead in Liverpool on August 21, the city will mourn her death as bridges turn green, pink, and orange tonight and flags remain at half-mast.
Dale passed away after the killer forced her to open the front door of her home in Old Swan on Sunday, August 21, and fired multiple shots "indiscriminately". After the same Merseyside police arrived at the spot and found her body in the backyard of her home.
The shocking news of Dale's death came in soon five days after Sam Rimmer in Dingle was shot dead and less than 24 hours before the murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel in Dovecot. Hundreds of mourners moved to the city's Anglican Cathedral to pay respect to the departed soul.
Today our much loved and missed colleague, Ashley Dale, was laid to rest. In her honour, we are lighting the Greystone Bridge & Archway Road Bridge green, pink and orange.— Knowsley Council (@KnowsleyCouncil) September 20, 2022
Flags in Kirkby, Huyton & Prescot will also remain at half-mast until tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/N7VrlTffsI
Knowsley Council, where she worked in Environment Health, tweeted, "Today our much loved and missed colleague, Ashley Dale, was laid to rest. In her honor, we are lighting the Greystone Bridge & Archway Road Bridge green, pink, and orange. Flags in Kirkby, Huyton & Prescot will also remain at half-mast until tomorrow." Her funeral took place at the Anglican Cathedral also a hearse carrying the white coffin to the entrance displayed the word 'daughter' in white flowers.
Knowsley Council considered Dale as a rising star, in an earlier meeting of the company, Leader of Knowsley Council, Cllr Graham Morgan said, "The council lost a rising star when she was tragically and senselessly killed." He further added," Myself and Cllr Powell have met with Ashley's team and it goes without saying they are absolutely devastated by her loss. Ashley had been involved in supporting many elected members, all of whom have commented on how positively she approached her work and how very supportive she was."
Good morning, I am at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral where a funeral service is due to take place for 28-year-old Ashley Dale. Ashley was murdered at her home in Old Swan on August 21. @LivEchonews pic.twitter.com/EZUPQWIJoE— Jonathan Humphries (@JHumphriesEcho) September 20, 2022
The funeral of Dale has been organized by Desmond L Bannon & Sons Family Funeral Directors. They wrote in a note to the public, "It is with great sadness that the family of the late Ashley Dale have asked us to announce her passing. The note further stated, "Please feel free to share. Ashley is going to be sadly missed and remembered by all her family and friends. The funeral service is to take place on Tuesday 20th September 2022 at The Anglican Cathedral. Family have requested family flowers only please, donations if desired to O.L.L.Y Children's Charity."
"Ashley was a hard-working girl, who had her whole life ahead of her."— Merseyside Police (@MerseyPolice) September 20, 2022
As we continue to relentlessly pursue those involved in the murder of Ashley Dale, our thoughts are with those attending her funeral today @LivCathedral #Silenceisnotanoption pic.twitter.com/X6RY9rsP9k
Meanwhile, Merseyside police came up with a tweet saying, "Ashley was a hard-working girl, who had her whole life ahead of her." As we continue to relentlessly pursue those involved in the murder of Ashley Dale, our thoughts are with those attending her funeral today @LivCathedral #Silenceisnotanoption". A cousin of Dale also tweeted saying, "Today we send our beautiful girl on her final journey to her Grandad - our hearts are broken! But the memories you leave behind are whats keeping us together. Forever 28 Rip Ashley"
Today we send our beautiful girl on her final journey to her Grandad 💔 - our hearts are broken! But the memories you leave behind are whats keeping us together.— Rachael Dale (@Rachhydale8) September 20, 2022
Forever 28 🤍💖
Rip Ashley 💔 pic.twitter.com/DPemmteehW
However, On September 14, officers arrested four men in connection with Miss Dale's killing at locations across Merseyside and Cumbria. Two men and two women previously arrested in connection with Dale's murder remain on bail.