Connor Brown murder: Moving pictures as Sunderland marks life of teenager at balloon release

His death has had an impact on hundreds of people across Wearside and beyond.

By Debra Fox
Saturday, 02 March, 2019, 10:49
Hundreds of people paid their respects to Connor at the balloon release on Friday.

And now the region has united to honour the life of 18-year-old Connor Brown, from Sunderland, at a balloon release in the city. The teenager, who worked as a GP receptionist, lost his life last week following an incident on a night out in the city centre. Many have paid tribute to Connor since his death, with an outpouring of tributes left near to the Borough pub in town. As applause rang out and balloons filled the sky, we take a look at some of the beautiful pictures taken at Friday's event.

The event was held in fields off North Moor Lane, Farringdon.
Hundreds of people turned up to take part in the balloon release.
Connor lost his life in the early hours of February 24 after an incident in the city centre.
Connor, who was 18, worked as a GP receptionist.
It is estimated that 700 people took part in the moving event on Friday.
"Rest in peace Connor, you will be missed by many."
"He was such a lovely lad, taken far too soon."
The crowds pay their respects to a much-loved young man.
"Rest easy Connor."
"RIP Connor. Love you always."
Balloons fill the sky and spread their message.
An outpouring of grief and love for Connor, his family and his friends.

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Taking a quiet moment.
Preparing to pay tribute.
Since the incident, Connor's family have thanked the public for their support.
Remembering Connor.
Thinking of someone special.
In the wake of Connor's death, an online fundraiser was set up on gofundme.
More than 1,000 have left a donation to the fund online.
As of Saturday morning, more than 23,750 pounds has been raised.
On the fundraising page, people have shared their tributes and prayers for Connor's family.
RIP Connor.
An emotional event for a special person.
Fly high with the angels.