Several hundred mourners have gathered on Kapunda’s football oval to farewell the three members of the Rowe family brutally stabbed to death in their home more than two weeks ago.


Andrew, Rose and their 16-year-old daughter Chantelle were stabbed to death in their rented property earlier this month.

An 18-year-old man from the town has been charged with their murder and is being held in custody after appearing in court last week.

At Friday’s memorial service speakers offered messages of love and praise for the family, describing all three as beautiful people.

Surviving son and brother Christopher Rowe released three white doves from a makeshift stage towards the end of the service, followed by friends of Chantelle performing her favourite dance routine.

Mourners were also urged not to persecute the family and friends of the accused man with a relative of the deceased describing them as victims too.

The oval fence was decorated with pink, purple and white balloons while three teddy bears were placed on the coffin, large ones for Rose and Andrew and a baby bear for Chantelle.

At the end of the service the balloons were released to fly above the oval as the funeral procession did a slow lap of the ground.

Among the emotional speakers Andrew’s sister Sue said those left behind would forever have questions that would remain unanswered.

“Why? It makes no sense,” she said.

Following today’s service family and friends gathered at a local hotel.

It was understood the bodies of Andrew, Rose and Chantelle were to be taken to Adelaide to be cremated.