TRIBUTES have been paid to an Emsworth teenager who died after falling in front of a train.
Dozens of people turned out to the New Life Christian Church in Thorney Road, in Southbourne to pay their respects to Jaefeus Harvey, pictured, at a thanksgiving service.
The South Downs College student – who would have celebrated his 18th birthday last Thursday, March 24, died when he was hit by a train at Bedhampton station at about 8pm on Tuesday, March 22.
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, March 24, a remembrance walk and a minute’s silence were held at Bedhampton railway station in Jaefeus’ memory.