Blaxland teen's life taken too soon

The Lower Mountains community farewelled one of its own last Friday at Glenbrook's Anglican Church.

Fellow ex-Blaxland High student, Glenbrook artist and design student, Sam Linas, painted the mural of Jarrod Samson-Hills, whose nickname was "BB" to his skate mates, at Glenbrook Skate Park. Crowds gathered at the skate park last Friday to celebrate the life of their friend. Photo: B.C Lewis.

Fellow ex-Blaxland High student, Glenbrook artist and design student, Sam Linas, painted the mural of Jarrod Samson-Hills, whose nickname was "BB" to his skate mates, at Glenbrook Skate Park. Crowds gathered at the skate park last Friday to celebrate the life of their friend. Photo: B.C Lewis.

Jarrod Samson-Hills with his sister Michelle (left) at the beach as youngsters.

Jarrod Samson-Hills with his sister Michelle (left) at the beach as youngsters.

Hundreds of mourners packed St Peter's Anglican Church to hear Reverend Ted Brush farewell 19-year-old Jarrod Samson-Hills.

Jarrod fell to his death from a sixth floor balcony in a Central Coast hotel while celebrating his mum, Leanne Samson's, 40th birthday.

Sister Michelle Samson-Hills told the packed congregation her baby brother's life was "not a loss, it is anything but".

"He gave us so much love, fun and memories in the years we had him.

"And while it is heartbreaking that the time we got to spend with him does not feel long enough, we also feel extremely blessed that the 19 years we did get to spend with him were full of so much love and amazing memories. And I think it is safe to say he lived his life to the absolute fullest. He has made such a huge impact on everybody around him and that has shone the last few days."

After the funeral, the carpark at the Glenbrook Skate Park was packed with cars with P Plates on the back, as friends gathered to perform skating tricks and celebrate the life of their friend.

Many of the crowd were admiring the recently painted mural which captured Jarrod skating and said "Rest in Peace BB".

A fellow ex-Blaxland High student, Glenbrook artist and design student Sam Linas, painted the mural of Jarrod, whose nickname was "BB" to his skate mates, at the park earlier in the week.

"He would have loved it," a friend, who asked not to be named, told the Gazette.

The teenager's death also affected Blue Mountains hip-hop group Thundamentals, who are performing in Katoomba this Saturday.

"We'd like to pay our respects to Jarrod Samson-Hills," said MC Tuka.

"We never actually met him but he was a big fan... I know a bunch of his friends are going to come along to the show [on Saturday] and we just want to send our love out to his family and friends."

Ms Samson-Hills thanked the community for all their support.

"I speak for my whole family when I say that the love and compassion we have received has been overwhelming. It has made these last few days that little more bearable."

She said her brother would "forever be in our hearts, and forever with all of us. At our homes. At our jobs. Down at the skatepark. With your boys. In the good times. In the bad."

"I know I can travel through life knowing I have the most beautiful guardian angel looking over me. And I will cherish every moment I had with you and love you forever," she said.

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