Sussex

Connor Saunders funeral: Hundreds mourn 'gentle giant'

  • 11 May 2012
  • From the section Sussex
Funeral of Connor Saunders in Rottingdean
Connor Saunders' initials and football shirt number were printed on his coffin

Hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of a 19-year-old Sussex man who died in hospital after being attacked.

Connor Saunders, from the Woodingdean area of Brighton, suffered head injuries in West Street, Rottingdean, on 14 April and died a day later.

Family and friends of the teenager attended the service at St Margaret's Church, Rottingdean, on Friday.

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

Special football match

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

Mr Saunders played for Peacehaven Football Club where his father is the first team manager.

His initials and football shirt number were printed on his coffin.

Following his death, a candlelit vigil was held at the site of the attack in Rottingdean and a special football match was played in his memory.

Mr Saunders' father described him as "my gentle giant and my hero who never had a bad bone in his body".

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