THE funeral of student David O’Halloran, whose body was found three months after he went missing on a night out in Stirling, has taken place in Glasgow.
Dozens of his close friends and family members – many sporting bright colours – gathered to say farewell to the 18-year-old at a humanist ceremony at Craigton Crematorium in the city yesterday.
Speaking before the funeral, his mother Donna O’Halloran, 41, said that while she felt profound sadness at her loss she had not wanted the day to be a sombre occasion.
David, a first-year Stirling University student from Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, was found dead on 18 April, exactly three months after he went missing as he returned home from a nightclub.
The student, who was studying maths and education, went missing in the early hours of 18 January, having decided to get out of a taxi early on his way back from a night out with friends.
His body was eventually discovered in a wooded area near Bridge of Allan.
It is believed he got lost on his way home and police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Ms O’Halloran wore a rainbow-coloured T-shirt with a unicorn on it in tribute to one of her son’s final Twitter posts that said: “Life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns and never will be.”
She said: “David wouldn’t have wanted a gloomy day, that’s for sure. He would have liked us to celebrate him, and what he had done in his life, and that’s what we decided to do.
“Yes, it’s a tragedy and, yes, we are hurting but we also needed to mark the sense of humour and fun that David had.”
However, she also said: “The past four months have been a hell on earth for me and I know I can never have a normal life again – I can’t just go back to the way things were.”
Following the funeral about 100 people attended Stewarton Sports Hall in Ayrshire for a celebration of the 18-year-old student’s life that was also streamed live on the internet.