Candlelit vigil held for Peacehaven footballer Connor Saunders

Flowers and candle laid for 19 year old Connor Saunders.
Flowers and candle laid for 19 year old Connor Saunders.

HUNDREDS of people gathered to remember popular teenage Peacehaven footballer Connor Saunders last night.

Connor, 19, died after being punched outside Tesco Express in Rottingdean on Saturday night (April 14).

Holding a candlelit vigil at the spot where the teenager was attacked was the idea of Connor’s big brother Callum, and his best friend, Frankie Cocozza.

Despite the news of the vigil being spread only by word of mouth and social media networks, around 400 gathered in the bitter cold to remember the popular footballer.

Most looked on in respectful silence while friends and family laid flowers and hugged.

But many of those were later moved to tears by a heartfelt eulogy read out by Connor’s uncle.

Connor’s big brother Callum later tweeted his thanks to all those who attended to pay their respects to the little brother he has already come to call his “Little Hero” on the social network.

Callum said: “I wish I could have got round and cuddled you all tonight, so overwhelmed, we done my little hero proud.”