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'TIME WILL NEVER HEAL THE PAIN' Family pay tribute to the 'blue-eyed boy' who died after being attacked at a caravan park.

Byline: PHILIP DEWEY Reporter philip.dewey@walesonline.co.uk

AMOVING family tribute was paid at the funeral of a teenager who died after being attacked at a caravan park.

Conner Marshall died after being found unconscious at Trecco Bay in Porthcawl on March 8. He was treated in an intensive care ward at Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales for multiple injuries but died four days later.

David James Braddon, 26, of Atley Court, Lansbury Park, Caerphilly, has been charged with Conner's murder. He remains in custody.

The 18-year-old's funeral was held at St Peter's Church in Mill Road, Dinas Powys, yesterday.

Hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects to the former pupil of Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg, in Barry, whose coffin, adorned with photographs of himself with family and friends, was carried into the church with Eric Clapton's Tears in Heaven playing.

The service was conducted by the Reverend Andrew James, who read a letter from Conner's family including mother Nadine, father Richard, brother Jac and sister Georgia.

The family said: "Today is such a day difficult in our family's life.

"As a family we are trying to erase the pain, solemn and sadness we are constantly feeling.

"The darkness of the days can be overwhelming and forever knowing you're not around with your smile is painful to endure.

"We have been trying and failing to make sense of the unfairness and reason why this has happened.

"Time will never heal the pain we are going through and without you our lives are completely shattered.

"Losing someone so special is hard to bare and it hardly seems believable that you're no longer here.

"Life without Conner will never be the same again and it has left a hole that will never be filled.

"You will always be a part of us and we will always be a part of you."

The family went on to describe Conner as a handsome, polite, determined, caring and loyal son and brother with a "beautiful smile", "cheeky wink", and beard of which he was "most proud".

Conner's passions included clothes, motorbikes, and trainers, and he loved cooked dinners, crisps and chocolate.

The service also heard how Conner had signed up to the Organ Donor Register at the age of 16 and had gone on to save the lives of three people since his death.

The letter from the family continued: "We are so proud of you Conner and of what you achieved.

"Your determination to do things your way was exasperating to watch yet your determination was a strength.

"Your outlook on life was simple and uncomplicated and your sense of humour was infectious. You lived life to the full.

"We will always talk about you and keep you in our hearts until the day we meet again.

"Since the day you were born we have loved you unconditionally, our blue-eyed boy.

"You are perfect in every way even with your tattoos and piercings.

"The world has been robbed of a talented, loyal and vibrant young man. Nos da, caru ti."

Mr James told the service that Conner would live on in the memories of his family.

He said: "Life goes on after death. That's the message I want all of you to hear this day.

"That spark and flame that was and still is Conner is not distinguished, it's still burning brightly. "He lives on in our hearts and will never be forgotten.

"The love he shared with his family and everyone he knew will go on."

A wake for Conner was held at the Ty-Newydd Inn, Barry, after the funeral.

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