Bradley Lulendo, the teenager who tragically died almost two weeks ago after getting into trouble while swimming in the sea, was remembered as a “brave and bright” boy.
The 14-year-old’s funeral was held today at St Patrick’s Church, Corduff, Blanchardstown, Co Dublin.
After an extensive search operation off Burrow Beach in Dublin, Bradley was taken to CHI Temple Street on the evening of July 11, where he later died.
Bradley is originally from Angola and lived in Drumcondra with his parents and three siblings.
Bradley’s older brother Piasas told mourners his brother was “full of energy” and “loved by everyone”.
“Dear Bradley, ‘I miss you’ is not an expression of my feelings, in fact there are no words or actions that could bring me to get over it. As a big brother, I always wanted to keep you as my little brother,” he said.
“In other words, you’ve grown too fast. I hold you up as high as possible as you played a huge part in my life as he came to bond with my child Sam.
“You helped me teach him to be brave, without you Sam would have struggled to fit into our family, but Bradley showed him the way. Sam loved you very much and will never let you go as he looked up to you like a big brother not just an uncle.
“Every day since you died I’ve learned how many people loved you and only wanted the best for you. In the past few days you have supported me with the energy to find strength to help our family.
“I know from where you will send us good vibes and great energy and protect family.
“As your family, we take you with us on our journey every minute, every hour, days, weeks, months and years.
“We all can’t wait to reunite with you one day. I love you King Bradley forever brother angel in our light.”
Piasas thanked the public for their support during this difficult time.
He said the entire Lulendo family is “shocked and devastated” by Bradley’s tragic death and will live with this “eternal pain” for years to come.
“Bradley was a very brave boy, bright, energetic, he was my mother’s best friend. He looked just like my father, my father loved him very much,” he said.
“For my mother, he was not only her best friend, but also her youngest child. Bradley loved Mama so much, he gave Mama so much comfort, I know he will comfort my Mama now that she needs him the most.
“All his brothers are shocked and overwhelmed by what has happened. It will take time but as Bradley’s big brother I have learned that I cannot leave my family behind, I must be by their side and support them for years to come as this pain is an everlasting pain.
“I want to thank everyone for showing up and supporting my family. Everyone’s support helped us get through these two weeks. We are very grateful, we hold you as high as we can and thank you for taking this journey with us.
“We all loved Bradley dearly, I want to say thank you on behalf of my family. I can feel Bradley around us today, I can feel his energy.”
An obituary on RIP.ie said Bradley was the “beloved son of Madelena (Mado) and Joao (Tony) and the dear brother of Pasias, Gracia, Aristote, Moses and Brandon.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/drowning-victim-bradley-lulendo-14-remembered-as-a-brave-and-bright-boy-his-mums-best-friend-41862125.html Drowning victim Bradley Lulendo, 14, remembered as “brave and smart boy…his mother’s best friend.”