WARM tributes have been paid to a junior golf captain who was found dead at a beauty spot in Havant.
Police were called to Havant Thicket after a member of the public reported discovering a body at 4.40pm on Monday.
Police are not treating the death as suspicious.
Police have confirmed the teenager’s name as Aaron Kirk, 17, from Leigh Park.
A statement from the family said: ‘Aaron was a loving and kind person.
‘He would have done anything for anybody and always had time for others.
‘Aaron had a passion for golf and was a serving junior captain for Rowlands Castle golf club.
‘He was adored and loved by everyone.’
Friends have been paying tribute to him by releasing lanterns and gathering to share their memories of him.
Friends have also been paying tribute to Aaron on social media websites, fondly describing him as a ‘happy, cheerful and cheeky boy’.
Jessica Elizabeth Ede said: ‘Everyone is missing you loads. We need you back here, will be there for everyone for you and that’s a promise! Sleep tight little dude will miss you.’
Rowlands Castle Golf Club flew their flags at half mast in tribute to him.
Fellow golfer Billy Rolfe Mckenzie said: ‘All thinking of you here at RCGC. No more unreal putting comps. Take it easy pal RIP.’
Kirsty Hext said: ‘It’s so hard to understand why you’ve gone. You have affected so many people’s lives and everyone has come together and is trying to be strong for one another.
‘It really is true that they take the best.’
A post-mortem examination is due to be held later this week to help establish the cause of death.
A gathering will be held for Aaron on Saturday at 7pm at The Warren Green Cage, off St Clares Avenue, Warren Park, to light lanterns and remember him.