‘We are Jasmyn’s living legacy’ – that was the message delivered to hundreds of mourners who said a tearful farewell to 14-year-old hit-and-run victim Jasmyn Chan at her funeral yesterday.
Family placed white roses on Jasmyn’s coffin as friends and school pupils grieved for the loss of ‘wonderful, amazing Jazzy’.
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‘Hero’ by Enrique Iglesias was played over loudspeakers as hundreds of youngsters – many of them Jasmyn’s close friends from Sheffield’s 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 hearse carried the coffin to the service – chosen for Jasmyn’s love of horses.
Dad Peter Chan and mum Paula McCullie followed the hearse in two black limousines before friend Tia Tucker, who Jasmyn gave her life to save, walked on crutches into the service.
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.
Reverend Mike Reeder led the service for Jasmyn, killed on May 9 after she tried to push Tia from danger on Normanton Hill, Intake. He called on those gathered to ‘give Jasmyn the hero’s send off she deserves’ after reading Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, a poem by Mary Elizabeth Fry.
Rev Reeder said: “Jasmyn Chan was a wonderful amazing popular young girl who was taken from us too soon, tragically, in a hit-and-run accident.
“We are unable to bring Jasmyn back, to take away the pain that the family are feeling. But what we can do is to give her a hero’s send-off, which is what she deserves. That is what we are doing today. Giving Jazzy the send-off she deserves.
“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.
“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.”
He went on to talk about Jasmyn’s love of hoodies, sportswear and baseball caps – which were also placed on her coffin.
Rev Reeder said Jasmyn’s death could help raise awareness of road safety and slammed the ‘senseless action’ that led to her tragic death.
“Paula and I were talking on the phone the other night and we spoke of all the good things that people have done – to have come out of the senseless action of one person and Jasmyn’s death.
“The amount of goodwill, the money that has been raised and the awareness in reality of what road safety is all about is overwhelming.
“Paula also spoke about the fact that Jasmyn is still, in death, making good things happen, and though we will never know the person she was going to be, we know her good work will continue and will be lived out in each and every one of us.
“We are Jasmyn’s living legacy. We are the people we are today because of Jasmyn, and nothing, not even death, will be able to take that away from us.
“We are here today because of the fact that death has taken Jasmyn at such a young age when she still had so much to give to us.”
The sun shone brightly as mourners heard tributes left by teachers and friends.
Reading one of them from a teacher, Rev Reeder said: “Jasmyn was a wonderful girl. She was kind, she was thoughtful, and she was cheeky.
“Her long hair was beautiful but she couldn’t wait to cut it off and when she did her confidence just blossomed.
“She was truly beautiful inside and out. Donating her hair to charity is just one way that shows that she was always thinking of others.
“Jasmyn was very creative and produced some beautiful artwork and writing. She was truly a role model and an inspiration to others. The school is a worse place without her. She will be missed.”
The service finished with the song Same Love by Macklemore as mourners left the crematorium.
One tribute from a friend said: “I wouldn’t be where I am today if she hadn’t been with me in everything. I love and miss my beautiful girl billions.”
Another said: “I miss Jasmyn so much. Everyone does. She was such a wonderful and beautiful girl. Nobody will ever forget Jazz. She is loved so much.”
Star readers also took to Facebook to add their tributes to Jasmyn.
Sharon Beech said: “Hope the family finds the strength to help them through and that the person that did this are brought to justice.”
Marie Gore added: “I hope your family get the justice and peace they deserve for raising such a brave young lady.”