Family and friends of a man who took his own life in the presence of stunned mourners at a funeral service last Tuesday have paid tribute to him.
Reports suggest 25-year-old Spike Porter took his own life while in the back of a car travelling in the funeral procession while other stunned mourners bore witness.
Paramedics and people on the scene attempted to save the man’s life but failed to do so before the rescue helicopter arrived.
Mr Porter was a twin. His brother Eddie posted a Facebook profile picture of himself with his brother during happier times with a rural backdrop setting.
On Friday, a GoFundMe campaign was launched to raise money for Mr Porter’s grieving family.
The fundraiser was shared to Facebook by Campaign organiser Bridie Pipe captioned, “Please contribute if you can; every but helps, no matter how big or small. Let’s help this beautiful family as much as we can, help give them the time they need to grieve while taking some of the financial pressures off the family. Forever loved and always remembered.”
The campaign has already raised over $20,000. One person who contributed to the donations wrote, “Rest easy brother. Never got to meet you, but have heard some of the good memories you had with your brother.”
Another donator wrote – “You will be forever missed.”
Social media has also been flooded with tributes and messages.
“No measure of time will ever heal the hole you’ve left in me. To say you will be missed doesn’t quite cut it. I will remember and think of you for the rest of my days,” said one person.
“I wish you were here now, so you could see how much love and respect everyone has for you,” wrote a second person.
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