‘He was the sweetest boy you could meet’: Hundreds of mourners gather to remember keen surfer, 15, found on beach after disappearance
- Brody Hurst, 15, passed away on January 24, with his body found at Bilgola Beach
- He was remembered on Friday at his funeral as a ‘blond-haired, blue-eyed angel’
- About 700 people gathered at a church in Newport to pay their respects to teen
HUNDREDS of mourners gathered on Friday to pay their respects to ‘the sweetest boy you could meet’.
Brody Hurst, 15, died on January 24 at Bilgola Beach, on Sydney’s northern beaches.
A congregation of almost 700 people packed into Newport’s St Michael’s Anglican Church as well as a marquee and two halls to remember the fun loving teenager who loved surfing and riding BMX bikes, the Manly Daily reported.
Teenager Brody Hurst (pictured) was remembered on Friday as’ the sweetest boy you could meet’
Brody Hurst (pictured) was laid to rest on Friday on Sydney’s northern beaches in front of close to 700 mourners
His uncle, Justin Hurst, spoke on behalf of Brody’s family, including heartbroken parents Scott and Christeena.
Mr Hurst revealed Brody came into the world as a ‘blond-haired, blue-eyed angel who immediately won the hearts of all of us’.
Mr Hurst also said Brody, who was a popular student at Pittwater High School, ‘loved nothing better’ than surfing on a hot summer’s day.
‘He was very content with his life in Newport and rarely strayed out of his patch,’ Mr Hurst said.
Family and friends also heard how the youngster also had a excellent sense of humour.
He loved to make people laugh and once pranked his uncle and grandfather, leading them to believe Scottish actor Sean Connery was on the phone.
‘Brody chased fun with a passion,’ Mr Hurst said.
‘He was smart and knew he could do anything he set his mind to. Brody will live forever in his family’s hearts and with us all.’
Before Brody’s body was discovered at the base of the rocks on Bilgola beach on January 24, a desperate search was launched.
Newport teenager Brody Hurst (pictured right) was described by his uncle as a ‘blond-haired, blue-eyed angel who immediately won the hearts of all of us’ moments after he was born
The 15-year-old’s disappearance was described as out of character. Police and family were concerned for his welfare and launched a public appeal for information.
‘Brody left his bright green pushbike at the northern end of the beach on the walking track near the sand yesterday early evening and hasn’t come home,’ his mother Christeena Hurst said.
‘This is very out of character. Please help us find him.’
A helicopter was called in to help locate the teen but turned up no evidence, sparking a ground search by officers from the Northern Beaches Police Area Command.
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