reblogged from Get Surrey and authored by Russell Butt with greatful thanks.
A fortnight has passed since the 17-year-old died after an incident at a park in Addlestone, a place his family have visited every day since.
The kind words and gestures of a shocked community have helped ease the pain of a family whose son was killed last month.
In the weeks that have passed since 17-year-old Jonathan Beaumont died following an incident in Kingthorpe Gardens in Addlestone at the end of August, his parents and three brothers have been flooded with flowers and cards from a community galvanised by grief.
“It has been just overwhelming,” said Jonathan’s mother Elaine, a workforce resourcing manager for the Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The home in Chertsey where she and her husband Robert have lived for 28 years is filled with cards and bouquets expressing love, support and sympathy – some from people they don’t know and others who never knew Jonathan, such has been the effect of the tragedy.
“I would not have thought anything like this would have touched so many people,” said Elaine’s eldest son James, 31.
“There is a sense of pride from what everyone has said in the cards and their pictures,” added brother Chris, 26.
The loss has left Elaine feeling empty and the family numbed. Every day they visit the park where Jonathan was fatally injured.
“I just think I am going to wake up and it is going to be a dream,” said Elaine. “I still can’t believe it.
“He loved life. We were supposed to be going to Florida with him and he was so looking forward to it. We go every year.
“That’s always time he spent solely with us, and he loved it.”
Third brother Nick, 27, added: “I think it would be harder if it had not been for all the support.”
Father Robert said: “We would like to thank everybody. We can’t thank the whole community enough for their response to our sad loss.
“No-one had anything detrimental to say about him, and we take a lot of heart from that.”
An impromptu candelight vigil was held in Kingthorpe Gardens following the devastating news of Jonathan’s death.
He passed away at St George’s Hospital in Tooting on Tuesday August 27, the day after he suffered serious head injuries during a violent incident.
There was also a memorial the following night at Addlestone’s Aviator skate park, a place Jonathan frequented with friends on his BMX bike.
A third gathering was organised last Friday at Addlestone community centre.
One of Jonathan’s close friends has created a fundraising webpage for a memorial bench in Kingthorpe Gardens. More than £2,000 has been raised in under a fortnight.
People have turned up at the family’s front door with cash donations. One of James’ friends dropped off some shopping last week.
A clothes company has designed a tribute T-shirt, the proceeds of which will go to the memorial fund, likely to be donated to the Surrey Air Ambulance which flew to the scene before Jonathan was driven to hospital.
A date for a funeral has not yet been set due to an ongoing police investigation, but the family stressed that all who had supported them would be welcome to attend when it does take place.
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