Dec 30 2012
Two men who were arrested on suspicion of the murder of Alan Greaves, who died after being attacked on his way to midnight mass on Christmas Eve, have been released on bail, South Yorkshire Police have said.
The news came after the grieving widow of Mr Greaves said she had wept over the "evil that has been done".
Church community worker Maureen Greaves told the congregation of St Saviour's Church, High Green, Sheffield, that she had felt their love and support since her husband died.
The 68-year-old grandfather was making his way to the church from his home a few hundred yards away when he was subjected to the brutal attack.
Mr Greaves, a lay preacher and organist at the church, was discovered by a member of the public but died from his injuries on Thursday night.
During the service, Mrs Greaves told the congregation at St Saviour's: "I won't be able to contact you over the next few days, but I want to thank you for the support you have given me.
"I have prayed constantly for Alan and I know you have too. I have not stopped crying for him and I know you have not stopped either. I have wept over the evil that has been done. I have prayed for you and I know you have prayed for me. You were Alan's Christian family and he loved belonging to this church. I have felt your love towards me."
The Bishop of Sheffield, Steven Croft, attended the service and made an address in which he described the grief and shock felt by the community. "There is a sense of shock and a sense of outrage, not just in this community but across the whole city of Sheffield", he said.
Afterwards he described the service as moving and said Mrs Greaves had been very impressive and courageous since the death of her husband.
Detectives investigating the case are still appealing for witnesses to come forward with any information about the attack.