More than 1,000 mourners were estimated to have turned out to pay their respects to tragic 14-year-old hit-and-run victim Jasmyn Chan this morning.
‘Hero’ by Enrique Iglesias was played over loudspeakers as hundreds of youngsters - many of them Jasmyn’s close friends from Birley Community College - hugged one another and sobbed.
A police escort led the funeral cortege into City Road Crematorium at just after 11am, while a horse-drawn vintage hearse carried the coffin to the service - chosen for Jasmyn’s love of horses.
Bouquets of flowers were laid outside the church, one spelling the name ‘Jazzy’, while a pink floral angel and a Spongebob wreath made up some of the tributes.
The vicar led the service for Jasmyn, who was killed on May 9 after she tried to push her friend from danger in Normanton Road, Intake.
He said: “Jasmyn had the gift of making people smile and laugh, and even when her parents had to tell her off for some misdemeanours, they often ended up smiling.
“Jasmyn Chan was a wonderful, amazing popular young girl that was taken from us too soon, tragically, in a hit and run accident.
“Even to the extent of the split seconds that were left to Jazz, she thought of someone else and pushed Tia out of the way of the oncoming car.
“This action is not something that is learned in those split seconds that a decision has to be taken. It is a way of life, and as normal as breathing to those who have such a gift.
“The actions of that split second were the very beat of her life.”
Michael Fogg, of Michael Fogg Independent Funeral Directors, Woodhouse Road, said it was an ‘absolute honour’ to look after the funeral.
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