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The school where 21-year-old Lilie James was tragically murdered last week will demolish the gym where the young water polo coach was brutally beaten to death.
The gruesome crime scene left by killer Paul Thijssen, 24, will be razed to the ground in the wake of the murder, an email to parents of students at St Andrew's Cathedral School reveals.
Thijssen is believed to have lured Ms James to the gym on the pretext of her returning sports equipment to him and then attacked her with a hammer in the gym bathroom just after 7pm last Wednesday.
Police and school staff made the appalling discovery of her body after Thijssen allegedly confessed his crime in a Triple-0 call.
Lilie James was found brutally murdered in the gym at St Andrews Cathedral School in the Sydney CBD
The gruesome crime scene left by killer Paul Thijssen in the bathroom of the school gym will be razed to the ground in the wake of the murder, an email to school parents reveals (pictured: the gym hall)
In the wake of the murder and the overwhelming response by teachers and students, a mountain of flowers, cards and gifts have been left at the school.
The tributes were visited this week by Lilie's family - including parents Jamie and Peta and brother Max - who inspected the heartfelt messages written about their beloved daughter.
'As with every time I have spoken with them, they showed their deep concern and compassion for how our students are coping at this time,' school principal Dr Julie McGonigle said in a message to parents on Friday.
'That in itself is a testament to the calibre of the family, please continue to uphold them in your prayers.'
Dr McGonigle said the memorial of flowers would remain in place at the school for the rest of the week, before it is removed to the memorial gardens at Kirrikee, south of Sydney.
In the wake of the murder and the overwhelming response by teachers and students, a mountain of flowers, cards and gifts have been left at the school
She also thanked teachers for shepherding students through their HSC exams 'in unimaginable circumstances'.
Ms James had broken off a fledgling, five-week romance with Thijssen in the days before her death.
Investigators now believe the