Kyle Rees Laid To Rest In Bournemouth
Family and friends have said a final farewell to 16 year old Kyle Rees in Bournemouth.
His funeral took place at 11am on Friday 16th March 2012 at St. Andrews Church in Charminster - not far from where he lived with his mother. A private service was then held at Bournemouth Crematorium.
Kyle died a day after being hit in the head by a cricket ball at Portchester School back in February.
In an emotional tribute read out in church, his parents said they did not blame the person who threw the ball.
Dorset Police said his death was a tragic accident and involved no criminality.
Detective Chief Inspector Kevin Connolly said:
"Following a detailed and extensive investigation with support from teachers and pupils at Portchester School, it has been determined that the death of 16-year-old Kyle Rees was a tragic accident involving no criminality."
Hundreds of tributes were left outside Portchester School where Kyle attended. Not long after his death, his mother, Tanya Cooper said:
“We would like to say thank you to all of the people that tried to help our darling Kyle.
“He was cared for in a very gentle, tender and loving way by them all.
“Also, we would like to send our heartfelt thanks andappreciation for all of the loving wishes and beautiful words. This would have meant the world to Kyle, as it does to us, to know how many others loved him.
“Words cannot be found to explain how much he loved usor how much love we have for him. Our lives will always be emptier without Kyle.
“His energy, laughter, jokes, dancing and his smiles, kisses and cuddles will be eternally missed by us all.
“We would like to send love and best wishes to all of the children and their parents on the paediatric ward at Southampton General Hospital, we are thinking of you all.
“Our hearts go out to all family and friends that suffer such a tragic loss.
“Lastly, our thanks go to detective constables Andy Shah and Sarah Gedge for all of the support, strength and guidance they have, and are still, giving us to help our family through this sad and tragic time.”