Mourners at Nyah James’s funeral in Swansea were urged to follow the “example” set by her kindness and compassion for others
Family and friends of a schoolgirl found dead after allegedly being bullied on social media have said a heartbreaking goodbye to the 14-year-old.
Mourners at Nyah James’s funeral were urged to follow the “example” set by her kindness and compassion for others.
A horse-drawn hearse carried her to a packed Swansea Crematorium today after she was found dead in her bed by her mum last month.
Dominique Williams told the Mirror her “beautiful daughter” took an overdose of prescription tablets after being relentlessly bullied on Snapchat and Facebook.
Nyah’s name and the word ‘sister’ were spelled out in flowers surrounding her coffin, which was embossed with her picture and images of the skyline of New York – a city she dreamed of one day visiting but tragically never did.
Delivering a eulogy on behalf of Nyah’s family, Reverend Andrew Davies told mourners the schoolgirl had showed how love could “make a difference”.
He said: “She had a soft heart and she did many things to support and take care of [people.] She didn’t like the thought of anyone left on their own.
“I was really touched when I was told that Nyah didn’t like it when people cried and were left on their own. I was told she sat next to a girl on the school bus because she was on her own.
“That’s love. Loving people really makes a difference.
“We remember Nyah today and in the future and we will reflect on her life, what an example she was and we can go on and make a difference.”
He added: “She was an amazing girl who was born into love and who brought a lot of love with her when she came into the world. An amazing girl who left a lasting impression on those who knew and loved her.
“Her spirit of fun would be a trait of her life all the way through. She had a great sense of humour, she liked to wind people up, but in a good way, she was always making her family laugh.
“I’m told she loved animals and once had a ferret which attached itself to her dad’s nose, much to her amusement.
“She was a talented girl and a great dancer. She attempted acting and she was good at it, winning a place at a performing arts group, and there was a time in her life when she thought of becoming an actress.”
Of her ambition to visit New York, the vicar said: “She had a dream to travel to New York one day and her bedroom was decked out in New York colours; in some way she is there today, you may find.”
Reverend Davies, who asked all those gathered to take a moment to remember the schoolgirl from Blaenymaes, Swansea, while Dancing in the Sky by Dani and Lizzy was played.
He added: This is a difficult time for them as a family but I know they derive great comfort from the support they have received as a family.”
Nyah’s brother Daryl bravely fought back tears to pay a tribute to his sister, reported the South Wales Evening Post .
He said: “She was my little sister. She was the best little sister. She was awesome; everybody who knew her said so.”
Another mourner reflected after the service: “What a lovely girl she was; so very caring. It’s such a sad loss.”
Last month Nyah’s mum, 43, told the Mirror she wanted “justice” as she claimed her daughter had been tormented by bullies.
She said: “I didn’t see any signs at all. I only found out she was being bullied after her death.
“One of my step-daughter’s cousins was told by another girl Nyah had been bullied – I’m aware messages were being sent on Snapchat and Facebook.
“Since then, a few people have come forward to say she had been targeted at school.
“Her phone has been seized by police who are investigating. Whoever is at the end of it need to realise what they’ve done – we need justice.”