FINAL goodbyes were said as family and friends gathered for the funeral of Jordan Cooper.
Hundreds packed into Washington Parish Church to remember the 14-year-old, stabbed to death at home earlier this month.
Many of Jordan’s schoolfriends were given time off to attend the service and say farewell to the popular Biddick School Sports College pupil.
Mourners young and old lined the route to the church, with many bowing their heads as the hearse passed by.
Many burst into tears on seeing the coffin arrive at the ceremony.
Scores of Jordan’s pals showed support by wearing special black hoodies emblazoned with the message “Keep calm and remember Cooper”, which are being sold to raise funds for a memorial to the popular youngster. Others chose to leave floral tributes to their friend.
After the funeral, Jordan was interred at Washington Cemetery.
Headteacher of Biddick School, Richard Wilkinson, said: “The students were given the option of going to the church either with staff from the school or their parents.
“We have been offering support to students in school over the past fortnight.
“For many of them, it’s the first time they have come into contact with bereavement and we are mindful of that.
“Jordan was a larger than life character with a real sense of humour and, as was said in the church service, he was tough on the outside but soft on the inside.
“He was a very popular student and was somebody we would have all been proud to have as a member of our family.”
The popular teen was stabbed to death at the home he shared with his grandmother in Newriggs, Washington, in the early hours of Tuesday, March 1.
Police were called to the property just after midnight where they found the teenager seriously injured.
Paramedics tried in vain to save his life, but Jordan died after being taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital at 1.45am.
The youngster’s death has sent shockwaves through the Washington community, with local teenagers laying hundreds of bouquets outside his home.
More than 1,000 people have already joined a group on social networking site Facebook to pass on their condolences.
The teen’s death also sparked concerns about incidents of knife crime, although Northumbria Police said the incident was an isolated one in the area.
In the days after the tragedy officers regularly patrolled the area to reassure neighbours,
* Jordan’s uncle, Alan Cooper, 31, of Newriggs, Washington, has been charged with the murder of his nephew and is next due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on May 12.