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