AN inquest has opened into the death of 21-year-old Grace Gardner who lost her life in Bewdley last month.

West Mercia Police previously launched a murder investigation after she was found dead at a home on Wassell Drive at around 5.10pm on Tuesday (April 23).

An inquest opened at Worcestershire Coroner's Court in Stourport on Thursday (May 16).

A final inquest hearing has now been listed for January 7, 2025, according to the coroner's court listings.

It has been listed for one day without a jury, with coroner David Reid presiding.

In a statement earlier this month, her heartbroken family paid tribute to Grace, who was from Stourport.

They said: “Grace was our beautiful, treasured, and irreplaceable daughter, sister, auntie and friend.

"Grace loved so many things like music and she was a talented guitar player and singer.

"Grace brought all the warmth of her personality into her songs.

"She was warm hearted, funny, witty, kind and caring with so much love to give.

“Grace’s special love was for her younger siblings. She was devoted to them as well as her nieces, nephew and her friend’s children.

“We are completely devastated.

"Our family and friends are heartbroken at the tragic loss of Grace.

“You were very loved and going to be missed every day for eternity.

“Fly high our beautiful, amazing Grace”.

West Mercia Police previously arrested two women and a man on suspicion of murder after her body was discovered. They have all been released on bail.

Meanwhile, Grace's great aunt Dee Ambler and her daughter Carla Sendell have now started a GoFundMe to help support Grace's mum, stepdad and siblings.

More than £500 has currently been donated to the fundraiser.