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Funeral of car crash victim Aaron Mortley packed out with hundreds of mourners
A BROCKLEY car crash victim’s funeral drew hundreds of mourners in Blackheath as his partner described how she had lost her ‘heartbeat’.
Aaron Mortley, of St Norbet Road, was killed after his car hit a wall in Mayow Road, Sydenham, on August 25.
At 10am today (September 20) the community paid tribute to the 25-year-old, who is survived by his girlfriend Nadish Simms and their five-year-old daughter, Amaiyah. Donations were asked to be made out to her trust fund.
Around 500 people flocked to the service and the New Testament Church of God in Lee High Road, Blackheath, was filled with friends and family.
Officiating minister Bishop Louis McLeod said: "I can't remember a funeral which has been so full. It shows how many lives Aaron touched."
Many of the tributes came from Aaron’s close relatives.
Miss Simms, 23, said: "I still remember the day I met my Aaron boy.
"He was not only my partner, he was my best friend, soul mate and heartbeat. I’m going to miss him so much."
Grandmother Davis Mortley said: "He didn't have a mean bone in his body.
"He didn't like confrontation and some would see that as a weakness but it was a strength because it meant he could walk away from a fight."
Mother Claudette Mortley, 46, said: "The nickname Buddha stuck after a school picture and was helped by his passion for food.
"I was so glad he could grow up in Honor Oak Park where I spent my formative years.
"I will never forget his lament that he could not stand up to his one year old daughter Amaiyah when she told him she couldn't live with him because was too messy.
"He was a quiet boy but he would have outbursts of wisdom and he told people, life is short and family is key.
"My journey with Aaron would rival anything under the sun."
Mr Mortley has been buried in Grove Park Cemetery in Marvels Lane.
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