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Family tribute to cocaine victim

PUBLISHED: 12:27 30 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:13 23 August 2010

HUNDREDS of mourners are expected to attend the funeral of a 20-year-old woman who died after taking cocaine. The funeral of Haniska Pett, of Valley Drive, Gravesend is due to be held at Medway Crematorium today. (Thursday) Last Sunday family and frien

HUNDREDS of mourners are expected to attend the funeral of a 20-year-old woman who died after taking cocaine.

The funeral of Haniska Pett, of Valley Drive, Gravesend is due to be held at Medway Crematorium today. (Thursday)

Last Sunday family and friends paid tribute to her at a candlelit vigil was held at the Riverside Tavern in Strood.

She died on October 19 at Darent Valley Hospital when she suffered a fit after taking the Class A drug at a friends house in Huntley Avenue, Gravesend.

Since her death a Facebook tribute site has been set up in memory of the popular former Northfleet School for Girls pupil, who worked as a hairdresser.

Messages and tributes have been left by hundreds of her family and friends, including her mother Angela, 45, and father Ian, 48.

In a tribute from her mother, she has said the family will be collecting money at the funeral to sponsor a horse at a horse sanctuary in Devon. Ms Pett had been a keen rider since the age of eight.

She writes: "Ian and myself are just so over whelmed by everyone's kindness and love for Niska. We need you guys to look after each other and remember to be there for each other for a chat or just a hug.

"We will be doing a collection after the last night out so that we can sponsor a horse in Niska's name. The sanctuary is in Devon where we used go on holiday every year.

"She was lucky to have all of you as her friends and she loved you all. xxxx Angela"

Her funeral has been called "Haniska's last night out" and everyone is being urged to dress up as if they were going out for the night. Friends and family will be meeting at the family home in Valley Drive from 1.30pm.

Last Friday an inquest into Ms Pett's death has been opened and adjourned.

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