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Victorian community to shine yellow in Luke’s memory

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Mourners will turn a Victorian community yellow in remembrance of 11-year-old Luke Batty as they gather for his funeral.

Hundreds are expected at the service in Tyabb on Friday after his death put a spotlight on domestic violence and some of its youngest victims.

The boy was killed by his estranged father, Greg Anderson, after a cricket practice on the Mornington Peninsula.

Police fatally shot the knife-wielding father after failing to subdue him with capsicum spray.

Luke’s mother, Rosie Batty, says she wants to become an advocate against domestic violence in the wake of the tragedy.

There was an intervention order out against Luke’s father, who was also wanted on five outstanding warrants, at the time of the killing.

The funeral will be held at Luke’s former school, the Flinders Christian Community College at Tyabb, where he was in grade six.

The service will begin at 11am (AEDT) with mourners asked to wear something yellow in his memory.

While the service will be held in the school chapel for close family and friends, it will also be screened in the gym, where other mourners are welcome to attend.

Cricketers, Luke’s teammates and boy scout members are expected at the funeral.

A private family cremation will follow the service.

The family have requested donations to an organisation for children affected by violence instead of flowers.