Tributes paid to tragic teenager at service

FAREWELL Jaefeus' friend Gabby Overton, 18, puts a note in the memories box at his memorial service at the New Life Christian Church in Emsworth.      Picture: Sarah Standing (111100-8067)

FAREWELL Jaefeus' friend Gabby Overton, 18, puts a note in the memories box at his memorial service at the New Life Christian Church in Emsworth. Picture: Sarah Standing (111100-8067)

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TRIBUTES were paid at a thanksgiving service to a teenager who died after being hit by a train.

Dozens of people turned out to the New Life Christian Church in Thorney Road, Emsworth, to pay their respects to Jaefeus Harvey, pictured, at the service.

Jaefeus Harvey

Jaefeus Harvey

The South Downs College student, from Emsworth – who would have celebrated his 18th birthday last Thursday – died when he was hit by a train at Bedhampton station at about 8pm on Tuesday.

Last night relatives and friends were among those who celebrated his life at the church.

Church band Kingdom Culture performed and friends stood on stage to pay tribute to Jaefeus.

A collage of happy times was projected on to a screen at the back of the stage and young people shared their memories of the 17-year-old.

Plans are also in place to use messages that were left on brightly coloured paper at the church in a scrapbook for the teenager’s family,

Gabby Overton, 18, said: ‘Jaefeus was the really happy, bubbly one. If you were having a bad day he would always come and cheer you up. We just wanted to do something to remember him by.’

Jordi Wiesner, 18, said: ‘Whenever you saw Jaefeus he was always happy. He always had a smile on his face.

‘He always had a positive attitude. He was a nice, respectful young lad.’

Derrick Wiesner, from the pastoral team at New Life Christian Church, said: ‘It’s been absolutely shocking. He was such a positive guy. This is all about celebration.’

On Thursday a remembrance walk and a minute’s silence were held at Bedhampton railway station in Jaefeus’ memory.

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