HUNDREDS of mourners gathered to say a final farewell to an Irishman who was beaten to death in Magaluf.
Aaron Henderson, 30 and a father of four from Coleraine, Co Derry, Northern Ireland suffered serious head injuries during the assault in the popular tourist hotspot earlier this month.
© Photopress Belfast © All moral and intellectual rights retained Hundreds of mourners follow Aaron’s coffin in Coleraine, Co Derry this afternoon
Speaking to the Belfast Newsletter this morning, Aaron’s father Paul Henderson said: “Aaron was taken from us far too young. We have a long journey ahead of us and life will never be the same again.”
Some of Aaron’s friends have travelled thousands of miles to say a final farewell to the young man, including a friend from Canada for whom Aaron was to be best man at his wedding next year.
Aaron’s father also told the paper his family had taken “great comfort” in touching messages following his son’s tragic death.
At his funeral procession this afternoon in his native Coleraine, Aaron’s red Massey Ferguson tractor followed the cortege from his family home at Cloyfin Park to Coleraine Cemetery.
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© Photopress Belfast © All moral and intellectual rights retained Mournes await the funeral procession
Aaron and his partner Danielle who was on holiday with him when he suffered a blow to the head
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© Photopress Belfast © All moral and intellectual rights retained His newly-purchased tractor followed the cortege
Aaron’s partner Danielle Baxter previously paid tribute to him on social media, writing: “I love you Aaron Hendy Henderson always and forever.”
She wrote her partner had “made me the happiest I’ve ever been in my entire life” adding “life is cruel.. Love and miss you always. . My babes xxxxxxxx”.
Aaron suffered a bleed on the brain after he was assaulted while on holiday with his girlfriend in Magaluf on April 27.
He died in hospital four days later and Spanish cops then arrested Paul Waugh, 35, the manager of Mulligans bar on Magaluf’s infamous Punta Ballena strip.
A video showed five officers leading him away with his wrists handcuffed behind his back when he was held on suspicion of murder earlier this month.
After further court proceedings this week, Mr Waugh is set to be held on remand, according to The Irish Sun.
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