Friends and family held a candle-lit lantern release last night in memory of two much-loved young men.
Stuart Price, 24, from Murton, died instantly after being involved in a collision with a black Jaguar car while out cycling on Sunday morning.
And, on the same day, Thomas Blades, 23, was found dead in a house in the village’s James Street South.
Mourners gathered at the Welfare Park in Murton to remember both lads.
Stuart, who worked in the medical records department at Sunderland Royal Hospital, was a devoted Sunderland AFC fan, so friends decided to release red, white and black balloons in his honour.
A shrine to the two young men was created with candles and some of the crowd released lanterns into the sky.
We’ve missed you so much the last two days, your cheeky grin and all your funny stories Stuart.”Andrea Hood
Hundreds of messages of condolence have been left on the Echo’s Facebook page with everyone saying how much the pair will be missed.
Nickie Louise Peart said: “Rest In Peace Stuart and Rest In Peace Thomas, you’s would have been so proud watching everyone turn up to show their support for your family and friends. Two lads taken way before their time but the memories will live forever.”
Sharon Kettell said: “RIP Thomas and Stuart, nice to see Murton pull together once again, thinking of the families of both lads.”
Andrea Hood wrote: “We’ve missed you so much the last two days, your cheeky grin and all your funny stories Stuart you’ve left a massive void in all our lives, fly high son you’ve gained them angel wings, rest in peace, ❤thinking of all your family at this sad time, from all your friends in urology centre.x”
Lisa Watson said: “RIP, such a lovely lad, everyone still in such shock, thinking of all your friends and family at this sad time, from everyone in PREP XX.”
Yvonne Nicholson Blakemore said: “My heartfelt thoughts are with his family, God must have need a lovely new angel, God bless you all.x”
Jacqueline Schofield said: “Very sad, what a waste, they always take the good ones.”
Thomas Turnbull added: “Was proud to see the people of Murton in their great numbers pay their respect to Stuart Price. RIP.”
Mel Mackel said: “God bless, always had a smile and a hello at SRH. X.”
Susan Curtis said: “Heartbreaking for our little village.”
The collision happened at 10.25am on Sunday morning, while Stuart was riding his brother-in-law’s bike along Colliery Lane, next to the junction with Murton Lane, towards Easington Lane.
The driver of the Jaguar, who stopped at the scene of the collision, was not injured but was left very shaken by the incident.
Northumbria Police are still carrying out investigations into the cause of the collision.
Police are also carrying out inquiries into Thomas’ death, but it is not being treated as suspicious.