Meagher funeral for friends and family

THE family of murdered Melbourne woman Jill Meagher has asked for privacy during her emotional funeral on Friday.

Mrs Meagher was raped and killed while walking home after a night out with colleagues in Brunswick on September 22.

Police arrested and charged Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, of Coburg, late last week with hr murder.

In a statement issued by Victorian police on Thursday, Mrs Meagher's family thanked the public for the outpouring of emotion and support, but indicated Friday's funeral would be for friends and family only.

"We cannot begin to convey the overwhelming feelings of grief, sadness and sorrow at the loss of our beloved Jill, who was taken from us on the 22nd of September. We love and miss her deeply," the statement read. "We would like to sincerely thank the public for their support, condolences and concern.

"We understand your interest and that many of you are grieving with us, however we also request that you allow us, our family and Jill's friends, time to grieve the loss of our beautiful wife, daughter and friend in privacy at this highly emotional time.

"Jill's funeral on Friday will be a private funeral, and a time for our family and friends to remember Jill and to say goodbye. We ask the community to please respect our wishes and refrain from attending the funeral service."