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Mourners comforted Madison Holleran's father, James, as he left the snow-covered Guardian Angel Church in Allendale, New Jersey after the funeral service on Tuesday.
Other relatives and friends - some of whom had taken a bus chartered from Penn in Philadelphia - were seen sobbing as they struggled to come to terms with the popular student's passing.
During the mass, Mr Holleran said that his daughter used to rally her team by saying: 'Now is a time to be strong.' He added: 'Today, we all have to be strong for Madison.'
Madison Holleran took her life in Philadelphia city center on Friday night as she struggled with her studies and settling into college
On Tuesday, hundreds of mourners gathered for a memorial mass in her hometown of Allendale, New Jersey to say goodbye
Her father said she had shared her suicidal thoughts with her family and that they had told her she did not need to return to school - but she did
Her death has shocked the UPenn community, where she was a member of the track and field team
By LYDIA WARREN
Daily Mail (UK)
PUBLISHED: 16:30 EST, 21 January 2014 | UPDATED: 18:04 EST, 21 January 2014