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Sad farewell to loving father killed in shooting

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A young dad shot dead on a Sheffield estate ‘would be there for anybody who was in trouble’, hundreds of mourners at his funeral were told.

A huge turnout of more than 300 friends and family gathered at City Road Crematorium in Sheffield to bid a tearful farewell to murdered 23-year-old father-of-two Grant Bodell.

David Armstrong, who led the service, said Grant had been very popular among his many friends.

“He liked to be with people and was close to his family. He would be there for anybody who was in trouble,” he said.

“What you saw was what you got.”

The service was so packed not all of the mourners could get inside the chapel.

People began gathering outside the gates of the cemetery around an hour before the start of the funeral, with others waiting inside the grounds.

Grant’s close family helped lead the funeral procession up to the chapel, walking in front of a horse-drawn carriage which carried his coffin.

Funeral wreaths on the coffin read ‘Dad’ and ‘Son’, while another car in the procession bore a wreath which read ‘Brother’.

One of Grant’s favourite pop songs, Don’t You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia, was also played.

Mourners were reminded of Grant’s sense of humour, his love for his family, and his fondness for motorbikes, music and socialising.

There was a small police presence outside the gates of the cemetery ahead of the service until its completion.

Grant, of Windy House Lane, Manor, was found with gunshot wounds on wasteland off nearby Queen Mary Road in the early hours of Saturday, June 21.

He was rushed to hospital by ambulance but could not be saved and was pronounced dead a short time later.

Detectives arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of murder shortly after the shooting and released him on bail pending further inquiries. Police have described Mr Bodell’s death as a ‘targeted attack’.

Nobody has so far been charged.

n Anyone with information about the murder should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

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