Final tributes paid after tragic death of Northamptonshire teenager

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Dozens of people gathered to say goodbye to Daventry teenager Stanley Harrison at his funeral.

The 17-year-old, who lived in Hillary Close on the Ashby Fields estate, died at Walsgrave Hospital following an incident on the Lang Farm estate last month.

The service was held at the Holy Cross Church last Friday with a procession going from the police station in New Street to the church.

In a statement released by Stanley’s mother, she thanked everyone for the help she has received.

She said: “I would like to thank everyone for their continued support and kindness at this difficult time.”

There were readings from Sgt Sam Dobbs, from the Daventry Safer Community Team, and Andrew Mackereth, the principal of The Parker E-ACT Academy, formerly William Parker School, which Stanley used to attend.

In a joint statement, they said they were humbled and honoured to be asked to read at the funeral of Stanley Harrison, in a church packed full of his friends, families and representatives of the Daventry community.

“Presumptuously, considering ourselves as ‘stakeholders’ in the youth community of the town, we were at the same time choked and proud of what we saw and heard.

“The town centre saw hundreds of young people showing respect, restraint and dignity beyond their years, as they silently waited and followed the cortege; embracing Stanley’s family who were clearly overwhelmed by the virtual and often literal hugs which surrounded them throughout the day.

“Yet again, the young people of this town showed that the anecdotal maligning of ‘the youth of today’ is something to be cautioned against and that we need not tar all with the same brush when a few let the side down with anti-social behaviour or disrespect.

“The messages of the clergy reminded all of us of the frailty of life and the need for continuing support by the community of Stanley’s family and friends.

“The ministers will no doubt forgive us for saying, though, how even more impactive were the messages delivered by the brave young men who falteringly but solidly delivered their tributes which, as well as affectionately describing Stanley’s life and contribution, also expressed their anger, sorrow and horror whilst demanding restraint, love and self-control each for the other.”

A 17-year-old has been charged with his Stanley’s murder and is currently in custody. He is scheduled to appear in court in October.