College’s sad farewell

2011-08-15 00:00

AN emotional memorial service took place on Friday at Southcity Christian College for 17-year-old pupil KC Davey, who was killed in a head-on collision with a taxi last Sunday.

Teenagers from other schools kept filing into the hall and more chairs kept being brought in while a silent slide show ran as a chronicle of KC’s life showing photographs of a happy baby, KC laughing with his parents, and KC smiling with his friends.

Southcity headmaster and pastor Harry Lourens started the tribute by saying to KC’s parents Alan and Mandy, “look around and you will see how loved your son was”.

Robyn Clark, who was KC’s grade head, spoke highly of him saying, “He was an amazing person loved by all the staff and learners.

“There was not a day you did not see him with a smile and a joke — and even a naughty joke.

“He had such charisma and the ability to make people smile.

“I want to say well done to his parents for bringing up such a wonderful young man.”

Friend Warren Wood spoke next and said, “You always had a smile on your face. I speak on behalf of all of Southcity when I say we all mourn you. Love you man.”

Josh Garnett told the congregation, “KC was one of the greatest friends you could ever have had and he was like a brother to me. Shed not a tear for a warrior …”

Another close friend, Shai Tal, recalled, “He was my friend, my brother. We had so many memories, so many plans. I used to study at his house, he loved drinking tons of milk, he loved his bike. We used to go hunting together.”

Matthew, KC’s older brother, thanked everyone for coming to remember and honour KC’s life and said that he felt a sense of “hope and pride” looking at all the people who were part of KC’s life.

Lourens said, “Here’s the deal … life goes on, but not without hope and if we take something out of this young man’s senseless death, then let it be what alcohol can do.”

“I am talking to my children — to 700 sons [his school and other children] — as a father, when I talk to you about alcohol abuse. Not only alcohol abuse, but alcohol.

“I pray that after what we have seen today, and the sadness of what we are feeling here, that when you next put alcohol to your lips you will remember KC so that his death will not have been in vain,” said Lourens.

He himself was visibly tearful and distressed, but put on a brave show throughout the morning for the school and guests.

IT was found that the driver of the taxi involved in the accident in which KC Davey died lost control of his vehicle at Sugarbush cutting, between Murchison and Marburg.

Police reports said that the driver was arrested after a breathalyser test found him to be over the legal alcohol limit for driving.

The driver was detained on charges of culpable homicide, drunk driving and failing to remain at the scene of the accident.

He appeared in court on Wednesday and the case has been adjourned until September 30.

He was released on bail.

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