Following the funeral of Aryan Ghoniya on Saturday, June 25, his family wish to thank those who attended and also provide details of a charity collection.
On behalf of Aryan’s family, we wish to thank you all for your kind words, condolences, flowers and the support you all gave and showed, which has gone above and beyond what we would have imagined.
To see the number of families who lined the roads braving the rain, vehicles coming to a standstill as the funeral procession drove past, during Aryan's final journey from his home in Danescourt, and going past his former primary school, then passing his comprehensive school in Radyr was truly unbelievable, and very emotional and wish to thank you all for this.
The congregation gathering at Thornhill Crematorium, was yet again unbelievable, with families and friends of Aryan who had come to pay their last respects. We would like to thank you all for making arrangements to travel there. We wish to say a very big thank you to his friends who bravely took the decision to carry Aryan into the chapel at a short request. The tears of sorrow we saw from the start and during the service was very overwhelming.
The speeches from Aryan's primary school headmistress Mrs Judith Davies and Mr Williams of Radyr Comprehensive were truly inspiring of Aryan, and we wish to thank you very much for this, and hope that your dedication inspiring children to become who they want to be in the future, and any support they need during this difficult time carries on.
Special thanks to the South Wales Police personals that also attended Aryan's service, and for the incredible work and dedication to serve the public. We also appreciate the ongoing support we receive from Detective Constables Natasha Monkley, Tom Slocombe and Bob Chambers.
We wish to thank Coles Funeral Directors for arranging the service within a short time, their professionalism, respecting and honouring how Aryan's final journey would be conducted was impeccable, even accommodating certain things at the family’s request on the spur of the moment wasn’t any trouble for them, which we truly appreciated.
Finally, to all of Aryan's friends, we thank you for being part of his short life, do not despair, do not blame anyone, his time here was short, cherish the memories you have of him, inspire yourself to become the person you want to be in life and make your family proud, as this is what Aryan would have wanted you to do.
Aryan's parents Jitu and Hina, would have very much wanted to thank those who attended Aryan's farewell service personally, but due to a medical episode, the service was cut short and this was not possible, but we as family thank you all personally for being with us in saying goodbye to Aryan.
We witnessed your emotions, we witnessed your tears, we witnessed your sorrow, we witnessed your love, we witnessed your support, we undisputedly witnessed that we were not alone, and wish to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.
At 4.45pm on Tuesday June 21 a report was received of children in the River Taff near Forest Farm Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff and one boy was missing. An extensive search was carried out by police, fire, ambulance, coastguard and the police helicopter. Aryan was located in the river at around 5.45pm and, despite the efforts of the emergency services, he was unable to be resuscitated. HM Coroner was informed and an investigation into the circumstances of the incident is ongoing.