Railway tragedy leaves teenager’s loved ones baffled

Flowers laid at Bedhampton railway starion.
Flowers laid at Bedhampton railway starion.
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FRIENDS and family of a teenager killed after falling in front of a train say they have been left baffled over his death.

Jaefeus Harvey died instantly when he was hit by a train at Bedhampton railway station at about 8pm on Tuesday.

Jaefeus Harvey

Jaefeus Harvey

Shocked friends said the 17-year-old from Emsworth, was a ‘big friendly giant’ who loved life.

He had been studying at Chichester College until recently and had ambitions to go into the army or police.

Anna Little, 19 – the girlfriend of Jaefeus’ older brother Taylor – said the death had left the family devastated. She said: ‘He was an amazing person.

‘He was such a strong guy and was mostly happy. He was a real individual.’

She said she did not have a clue why he was at the station.

It is understood Jaefeus was on his own when the tragedy happened.

The only eyewitness – the train driver – saw him falling from the platform on to the track, as reported in The News yesterday.

Tributes have been paid by old friends at Bishop Luffa School in Chichester.

Sam Bo, 17, said: ‘He was a big guy. He was so muscly and strong, like a giant.

‘He always did the more full-on sports at school. I just cannot believe it. It’s very out-of-character. He wanted to help everyone.’

Friend Rebecca Channon, 18, added: ‘My heart goes out to all his family.

‘He will be greatly missed. He was a real friend and was very loved.’

Nick Taunt, headteacher at Bishop Luffa, also paid tribute.

‘Jaefeus left us in July 2009 having taken his GCSE exams,’ he said. ‘He was well-liked by his peers and teachers, who remember his whimsical sense of humour and impeccable politeness. At this morning’s briefing, staff prayed for his family, and have worked with pupils during the day who have been affected by the tragic news.’

Sarah Gilbert, a lecturer at Chichester College, described Jaefeus as ‘a lovely young man who was a pleasure to teach’.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances and a file is being prepared for the coroner. An inquest will be held to determine exactly what happened.