Vigil held in Bristol for mother and daughter found dead in Scotland

Claire Hayhurst, PA
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A vigil has been held in Bristol for a mother and her two-year-old daughter.

Bennylyn Burke, 25, and her daughter Jellica were reported missing from their home in south Gloucestershire on March 1, having last been seen on February 17.

On March 18, police discovered two bodies – later confirmed to be those of Ms Burke and Jellica – at a property in Troon Avenue, Dundee.

Friends of Ms Burke and her daughter attended a vigil in their memory, held at Brandon Hill park in Bristol, on Saturday afternoon.

Jellica (Police Scotland/PA)
Jellica (Police Scotland/PA)

It took place on the grass below Cabot Tower, where they had previously met and enjoyed picnics together.

Candles and flowers were placed on a red blanket on the ground, along with pictures of Ms Burke and Jellica, a teddy bear and placards.

White balloons tied to a nearby tree read: “You are loved, You are Missed, You are Remembered.”

Police previously confirmed that the families of Ms Burke and Jellica are being supported by family liaison officers.

A 50-year-old man appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court on March 8, charged with murdering the mother and daughter.

He made no plea and was remanded in custody.

A second child who was reported missing has been traced and is being supported, police previously said.