Final farewell for Lilie James after she was killed by coworker

Students and staff will gather to farewell slain water polo coach Lilie James at a private memorial in Sydney on Friday

The 21-year-old’s former school, Danebank Anglican School for Girls in Hurstville, where she graduated in 2020 will host the memorial.

It will also be livestreamed into St Andrew’s Cathedral School for students and teachers to view together.

According to the wishes of Ms James’ family the memorial service will be held in private, with just her friends and the school community invited.

Family and friends will farewell beloved water polo coach Lile James (pictured) on Friday

The memorial service will be livestreamed to St Andrew's Cathedral School (pictured)

Ms James was working as an assistant water polo instructor for the elite inner-city school and was found dead with horrific head injuries inside the campus gymnasium toilets on October 25.

The body of 24-year-old Paul Thijssen, who also worked at the school, was recovered a day later.

The pair had reportedly been in a relationship for a number of weeks in the lead-up to Ms James’ death.

Head of School at St Andrew’s, Julie McGonigle said at the time the events had left the school community in utter confusion because they knew both Ms James and Mr Thijssen.

‘Our beautiful Ms James, a ray of light, and Mr Thijssen, whose actions are completely incongruent with who we knew,’ she said.

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