The ArgusHundreds attend funeral of Brighton teenager Connor Saunders (From The Argus)

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Hundreds attend funeral of Brighton teenager Connor Saunders

The Argus: Family and friends paid emotional tributes to tragic teenager Connor Saunders Family and friends paid emotional tributes to tragic teenager Connor Saunders

Hundreds of people turned out to celebrate the life of a teenager who died after an argument in the street.

Connor Saunders, 19, died in hospital after the incident outside Tesco Express in West Street, Rottingdean, last month.

Today (May 11) more than 200 people packed into St Margaret's church in Rottingdean for a service celebrating the talented footballer's life.

A further 300 gathered in a marquee in the church grounds listening to the service broadcast live.

Connor's father, Shaun Saunders, of Downsway, Woodingdean, paid a tearful tribute to the "most beautiful and lovliest boy anyone could have met" adding the death had "changed our family's lives forever".

Apart from the sounds of people crying, there was silence as the all-blue coffin with white flowers, the colours of Connor's football team Chelsea, was carried into the church grounds.

Among the bearers was former X-Factor contestant Frankie Cocozza, who went to pre-school and played youth football with Connor.

Mr Saunders broke down when he read a letter from the organ donor body which said Connor had saved five lives.

The teenager had signed the papers on his 16th birthday without telling anyone.

Mr Saunders said: "He has left a legacy in life and even though his life was tragically cut short he would be happy he could support others."

Those in the church gave Mr Saunders a standing ovation at the end of his tearful address.

Connor's sister Courtney, his girlfriend Courtney and members of Peacehaven and Telscombe FC, his team, also paid tribute to the popular teen.

The funeral was put back by to post-mortem's being carried out on Connor's body.

A 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with manslaughter after the incident on April 14.

He will next appear at Brighton Youth Court on 15 May, when his case will be committed to crown court.

Two other teenagers, a 13-year-old and a 14-year-old, were told they would face no further action after answering bail earlier this week.

See the full two-page report from Connor's funeral in the Saturday, May 12 edition of The Argus.

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8:54pm Fri 11 May 12

hubby says...

So,so sad and so,so unneccessary.
RIP Connor,and to all of you wannabe hard men out there.Wise up.If you want to fight join the army or a boxing/ martial arts club.
People....be nice to each other.Take care of each other.Look for peace.Not violence and confrontation.
It's the only way forward for all of us.
So,so sad and so,so unneccessary. RIP Connor,and to all of you wannabe hard men out there.Wise up.If you want to fight join the army or a boxing/ martial arts club. People....be nice to each other.Take care of each other.Look for peace.Not violence and confrontation. It's the only way forward for all of us. hubby
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9:31am Sat 12 May 12

triestesue says...

Didn't know the funeral was being held and passed in the car. From a distance you could feel the grief and pain-it was packed and a white horse pulled the carriage. As a stranger I was filled with such emotion. RIP Connor and so sorry for his family and friends xx
Didn't know the funeral was being held and passed in the car. From a distance you could feel the grief and pain-it was packed and a white horse pulled the carriage. As a stranger I was filled with such emotion. RIP Connor and so sorry for his family and friends xx triestesue
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6:28pm Sat 12 May 12

willy harris says...

hubby wrote:
So,so sad and so,so unneccessary.
RIP Connor,and to all of you wannabe hard men out there.Wise up.If you want to fight join the army or a boxing/ martial arts club.
People....be nice to each other.Take care of each other.Look for peace.Not violence and confrontation.
It's the only way forward for all of us.
i totally agree with hubby .
[quote][p][bold]hubby[/bold] wrote: So,so sad and so,so unneccessary. RIP Connor,and to all of you wannabe hard men out there.Wise up.If you want to fight join the army or a boxing/ martial arts club. People....be nice to each other.Take care of each other.Look for peace.Not violence and confrontation. It's the only way forward for all of us.[/p][/quote]i totally agree with hubby . willy harris
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