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Australia Mourners farewell woman shot by police in WA three months ago

14:15  15 november  2019
14:15  15 november  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Two months on, and Joyce Clarke's family is still feeling the raw pain and anger they felt the day she died. 

About 300 people gathered in the small town of Carnarvon today, approximately 900 kilometres north of Perth. 

Their grief, anger and pain evident as their cries filled the halls of the local church.

a group of people around each other: Mourners gathered to remember the life of Ms Clarke. © 9News Mourners gathered to remember the life of Ms Clarke.

With emotions running so high, tensions boiled over early on. 

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An alleged feud between Joyce's foster family and her biological family, over where to hold the funeral, carried on through to the service. 

Ms Clarke's cousin Tahnee Jones managed to calm the crowd.

"Our sister, she died in a very bad way... and we are here for her at this very moment. We should all be grieving for her, not fighting," Jones said.

a group of people standing in a room: About 300 people gathered in the small town of Carnarvon to farewell Joyce Clarke. © 9News About 300 people gathered in the small town of Carnarvon to farewell Joyce Clarke.

It's believed her biological family wanted the proceedings in Meekatharra, while her foster family wanted them in Carnarvon. 

Joyce's foster mother Anne Jones told 9News: "This is my home town and this is where she grew up, so this is where we're having the funeral."

Jones told 9News she is now the sole carer for Joyce's 6-year-old son Cesear, who despite his age, understands the gravity of losing his mother.

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a man standing in front of a crowd: Family and friends mourn the loss of Joyce Clarke. © 9News Family and friends mourn the loss of Joyce Clarke.

"He just looked me straight in the eye and said my mummy is dead."

The 29-year-old was shot and killed by a first-class constable in Geraldton on September 17. 

Her sister called the police on Joyce on that fateful Tuesday night for a welfare check.

The young mother had only just gotten out of prison a few days before. 

It's alleged Joyce lunged at the officer with a knife, that officer then fired a single bullet into her stomach.

a group of people in a park: The 29-year-old was shot and killed by a first-class constable in Geraldton on September 17. © 9News The 29-year-old was shot and killed by a first-class constable in Geraldton on September 17.

Detectives, homicide squad and forensics were flown up to the Petchell Street scene to launch the initial investigation. 

Now, it's in the hands of the major crime division and police internal affairs unit. 

It may be some time before the family gets the answers they so desperately want. 

Assistant commissioner Jo McCabe says there isn't a time frame for that investigation just yet. 

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