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Friends bid final farewell to teen pal

PUBLISHED: 16:23 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:37 23 August 2010

HUNDREDS of mourners gathered to say their final farewells to a teenage sports champion whose life was cut tragically short in a road accident. Robert Cooter, of Sun Lane, Gravesend, was laid to rest in Gravesend Cemetery following a service at Christ Ch

HUNDREDS of mourners gathered to say their final farewells to a teenage sports champion whose life was cut tragically short in a road accident.

Robert Cooter, of Sun Lane, Gravesend, was laid to rest in Gravesend Cemetery following a service at Christ Church, Old Road East, Gravesend, last Thursday.Mourners stood silently with bowed heads as the teenager's coffin was carried inside the church for the service.

The 17-year-old died following an accident on the A227 Wrotham Road on Mothers' Day last month. His silver Vauxhall Corsa left the road near the junction with Nash Bank, hit a telegraph pole and overturned. Emergency services rushed to his aid but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His heartbroken mother Corinne Cooter said: "Robert was a loving son and brother who is going to be greatly missed by many people.

"He was always smiling and had time to help others. We are all devastated by his death."

The North West Kent College student was a keen petanque player and a member of Gravesend RFC Petanque Club. He regularly represented his country in the sport and was the current English junior champion.

Since the news of his death broke more than 100 tributes have been written on the Facebook group 'In Loving Memory of Robert Cooter'.

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