HUNDREDS of tearful mourners gathered today to say “sweet dreams” to tragic teenager Chloe Fowler.
Family members including the Oxclose Academy pupil’s mum and dad, Jeanette and David, siblings Lauren, David, Bethan Leila, Ryan, Robert and Amy, and cousin Jade, were joined by scores of the 14-year-old’s school friends at the emotional service at Sunderland Crematorium.
Chloe, of Shiney Row, died after getting into difficulty in the River Wear, near Fatfield, Washington.
Songs played included Wake Me Up, by Avicii, as mourners entered the crematorium, Yesterday, by Leona Lewis, a favourite song of Chloe’s grandmother, and There You’ll Be, by Faith Hill, which was Chloe’s dad’s favourite song, and said to say “everything Chloe’s mam would want to say to her”.
The popular teen was described during the service as a “gorgeous girl” and a mother figure, who “would do anything” for her family.
No relatives spoke at the sad occasion, but Chloe’s pal, Bethany, read a poem she had written for her best friend.
Tearfully, she said: “You know the secrets I could never tell.
“My heart won’t let you go. I love you millions.”
The funeral of Tonibeth Purvis, 15, of Barmston, Washington, who died while trying to save Chloe, will take place tomorrow.