Hundreds gather to pay tribute to popular teenager

TRAGEDY Aaron Kirk, who was found dead in Havant Thicket
TRAGEDY Aaron Kirk, who was found dead in Havant Thicket
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HUNDREDS of people have gathered together in Havant to pay tribute to a teenage boy who died a week ago.

Friends and family released balloons into the air and let off Chinese lanterns on Saturday in memory of Aaron Kirk.

The 17-year-old was found dead at Havant Thicket last Monday.

Aaron was a junior golf captain at Rowlands Castle Golf Club.

Groups of friends and family gathered at The Warren Green Cage, off St Clare’s Avenue in Havant to pay tribute to him, raising a glass in his honour.

Hayley New, 20, from Warren Park helped to organise the event, which grew as she spread the word through Facebook.

She said: ‘I’ve known him since I was a kid.

‘We wanted everyone to have a day to remember him. I’m pleased with the turnout.

‘He was lovely. He had a heart of gold. He would be absolutely over the moon with all this attention.

‘He was so bubbly.

‘He always had a smile on his face every single day.’

Plans are also in place to have a fundraising evening for Aaron, and for a bench to be placed at the golf club where he often played.

And collections were made for flowers for Aaron’s funeral.

Natasha Smith, 21, added: ‘He needed to be remembered. It’s a really good turnout.

‘He was lovely.’

Adam Gant, 24, added: ‘A lot of people are here in support for his family.

‘I used to go round his house and babysit him.

‘He was a lovely lad. He had a heart of gold.

‘He was always smiling and always happy.’

He added that it was important for people to gather and remember Aaron.

‘It’s needed for the community. If he was here he would be right in the middle.’

Alan Kirk, 67, is Aaron’s great uncle. He said: ‘It’s fantastic. To pay tribute to a young lad is amazing.

‘He was what you would class as a pinnacle of society.

‘He was a lovely lad. He was every mother’s dream.

‘I’m proud to be here. It’s a brilliant turnout.

‘They always say the youngsters of today are bad but they’re not. Look at them.’

It’s not yet known how Aaron died, but his death is not being treated as suspicious.