Hundreds of mourners, including the Prime Minister of Denmark, took a small Danish church on Saturday for the funeral of a female walker who was beheaded by ISIS fanatics in Morocco.
Speaking for Louisa Vesterager Jespersen's coffin was executed from the Fonnesbaek church in Ikast, Jutland, the Danish prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen promised not to forget her life.
& # 39; Although the pain is unbearable, we should not succumb. We must remember who we are, what we are made of and what we stand for, "he said.
Louisa, 24, was killed along with the 28-year-old Maren Ueland, from Norway, while the two at night camped at a remote hiking spot in the Atlas Mountains while on holiday in December.
Their headless bodies were found the next day, with Moroccan authorities asserting the murder an act of terrorism & # 39; called.
Family and friends follow the coffin during the funeral of the Danish student Louisa Vesterager Jespersen in the church Fonnesbaek in Ikast, Denmark
Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen attended the funeral and swore that Louisa's life would not be forgotten
Her coffin is loaded into the back of a hearse before 400 family and friends gathered in the small church to commemorate the lives of the backpackers
A young man places a rose on top of the young woman's chest for the 45-minute service
The Saturday's 45-minute service for Jespersen was held at the Fonnesbaek Church in Ikast, in the Central Jutland region of Denmark.
According to the Danish tabloid newspaper B.T. more than 400 people were present at the service. An adjoining room next to the main room was opened to receive all guests in the small church.
The Moroccan authorities arrested a total of 22 people in connection with the killings. They include five men belonging to a cell inspired by ISIS, say Moroccan officials.
But Morocco's counter-terrorist chief Abdelhak Khiam revealed that none of the men had contact with ISIS members in Syria or Iraq.
& # 39; The emir of the group & # 39; – noble military leader – was Abdessamad Ejjoud, a 25-year-old street vendor near Marrakech, the others acting at his command.
Ejjoud had formed a kind of cell that discussed how a terrorist act had to be carried out in the kingdom & # 39 ;,
An adjoining room next to the main room was opened to receive all guests in the small church. Pictured: Louisa's chest in the empty church before friends and family took place
Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway (right) were both slaughtered and beheaded by ISIS fanatics
Researchers claim that Ejjoud is one of the men loyal to ISIS in a video that was shared a week before the brutal murders.
Two prior to the murders, the murderers traveled to the mountainous Imlil region because it is visited by foreigners & # 39; and "the two tourists in an abandoned area are being attacked", Sabik added.
Other men suspected of direct involvement were a plumber, a carpenter and a second street vendor.
The men were all arrested during police raids in which weapons and equipment for making bombs were discovered.
A portrait of Louisa and Maren can be seen on an improvised memorial among flowers and candles, on Stadhuisplein in Copenhagen, Denmark yesterday
Jespersen and Ueland had studied outdoor activities and tourism at the University of Southeast Norway.
The couple decided to go to Morocco at Christmas and arrived on December 9 for a holiday of one month.
They had traveled to the foothills of Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa, not far from the tourist village of Imlil.
Friends described the two young women as' adventurers & # 39; and & # 39; social & # 39 ;.
& # 39; The girls took all necessary precautions before they left for the trip, "said Maren's mother Irene in December to the Norwegian NRK television.
Ueland's funeral will be held in Norway on 21 January.