‘You are one in a mil­lion, best friend, my love’

Herald on Sunday - - THIS WEEK - By Carolyne Meng-Yee

Fam­ily and friends have farewelled Dunedin teen Am­ber-Rose Rush. Gath­ered mourn­ers were told the 16-year-old was “beau­ti­ful”, had a “big heart” and made friends wher­ever she went.

Am­ber-Rose, 16, was found dead at her Corstor­phine home a week ago. A 30-year-old med­i­cal pro­fes­sional has been charged with mur­der.

A large crowd of loved ones yes­ter­day gath­ered at Hope and Sons Chapel to farewell her. Mourn­ers wore bright cloth­ing to hon­our the teenager.

Two of her sib­lings, in­clud­ing brother Jay­den, 18, also had dyed their hair pur­ple, Am­ber-Rose’s favourite colour.

The ser­vice be­gan with fam­ily mem­bers light­ing rain­bow-coloured can­dles to hon­our the girl.

Mourn­ers were told of her strong sense of jus­tice, would stand up for those she loved and had a goal of even­tu­ally join­ing the po­lice and be­com­ing a dog han­dler.

Her step-fa­ther said “we will miss your sassy at­ti­tude”. all

Her sis­ter, Shantelle, also paid tribute: “Am­ber was more than a sis­ter to me, she was also my best friend,” she said.

“No mat­ter what hap­pened I would al­ways ask her for ad­vice, even though she was five years younger. She was a great aunty. This is not good­bye it’s see you later. Love you Am­ber.”

A tribute read to the gath­er­ing on be­half of Am­ber-Lee’s mother, Lisa, stated: “You are the def­i­ni­tion of per­fec­tion. Your at­ti­tude act­ing tough, but you are marsh­mal­low on the in­side.

“You are the glue that holds us. You are one in a mil­lion baby girl, my best friend, my love, my spark my every­thing. Love Mum.”

A few fam­ily mem­bers had tribute tat­toos fea­tur­ing a bird and flower de­sign Am­ber-Rose had made be­fore her death.


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