Family and friends pay last respects to tragic teenager

SILENT SALUTE Friends of Jaefeus Harvey stand in tribute on the platform at Bedhampton station.     Picture: Allan Hutchings (111074-847)
SILENT SALUTE Friends of Jaefeus Harvey stand in tribute on the platform at Bedhampton station. Picture: Allan Hutchings (111074-847)

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FRIENDS and family gathered at the place where teenager Jaefeus Harvey died to pay their tributes – on the day he would have turned 18.

A remembrance walk to Bedhampton railway station and a minute’s silence was held yesterday to remember the 17-year-old from Emsworth.

Jaefeus Harvey

Jaefeus Harvey

Jaefeus died when he was hit by a train at Bedhampton railway station on Tuesday evening.

Yesterday scores of Jaefeus’ friends from the uniformed services course he was studying at South Downs College, were at Bedhampton train station to salute him one final time.

Jaefeus had ambitions to join the armed forces.

Course colleague Brett Daniels, 18, had known Jaefeus for a year.

He said: ‘He was really dedicated to the course.

‘Every time I saw him he had a smile on his face – that’s why I was so shocked when I heard what had happened.’

Friends and family members laid down flowers at the station’s platform edge, along with a card.

They held a minute’s silence and had walked from South Downs College, in Waterlooville, to Portsdown Hill, before arriving at the station at midday.

Among those paying their respects was Jaefeus’ younger brother, Morgan.

The 16-year-old said: ‘We did this as a remembrance to him – everyone was so proud of him.

‘People came here because they chose to.

‘We walked down here and along the way we shared laughs and tears.

‘He was a special person and everyone respected him.

‘If he could see this he would have been very proud of every single soul that came.

‘He was a party animal and was always smiling.

‘My family have been left devastated with what’s happened.

‘So it was a privilege to have all these people here.’

A memorial service is being held at the New Life Christian Church, in Main Road, Emsworth, today from 5pm to 9.30pm.