MARCH: Mum speaks of her final memories of 'superstar' son Jake

PUBLISHED: 17:16 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:51 02 June 2010

Jake Gillen (family photo)

Jake Gillen (family photo)

JAKE GILLEN spent the last hours of his life enjoying a night out with his mum. He told her how much he loved her and that is the final memory she has of the son she called her superstar. She said: It was an absolute honour to spend his last night with h

JAKE GILLEN spent the last hours of his life enjoying a night out with his mum. He told her how much he loved her and that is the final memory she has of the son she called her superstar.

She said: "It was an absolute honour to spend his last night with him because he obviously wanted to be with his mum. I couldn't have wished for a better thing."

Hours later 17-year-old Jake was dead and his family say they will never know why he took his own life and their questions can never be answered.

Kat Gillen has spoken of the son who was a hero to his sisters and a legend to his friends.

Jake and his mum went to a March pub on Friday to enjoy an evening of karaoke. She said: "He was everywhere he was a real people's person and he loved karaoke.

"During the day he had talked about going to college and then applying for the army. He was cool."

In the early hours of Saturday he left the pub to return to the home of his granddad in Gaul Road. Mrs Gillen said: "He said to me 'I am going home now. I love you mum and I will see you tomorrow'."

She added: "He was staying there to help his granddad because he had been ill. Jake moved in to look after him. He cooked his tea made everything tidy, did his shopping and made sure he took his medication at the right times. That was what he was like he was always helping people and taking on everyone's problems"

Police called at her home in Cavalry Park to break the news to her at about 7.30am.

Jake's grandmother Jackie Gillen said: "I am the proudest Nan in the world to have had Jake as my grandson. You couldn't ask for a better grandson. Jake was like a rock, he was my everything. He was one of God's angels and a hero."

Jake's sisters 14-year-old Whitney and Shona 10, have been left devastated by the death of their brother.

Mrs Gillen said: "His sisters have lost a brother and a hero, they looked up to him, and they were his world."

Jake's dad Fran Smith who lives at King's Lynn said he had been shocked by his son's death. He said: "He always seemed so happy and was so outgoing. He will be greatly missed and I was always a very proud dad."

The family believe Jake never recovered from the death of two close friends in a car crash. Afterwards he talked about how he would want his own funeral to be and his wishes are being carried out.

Hundreds of friends are expected at attend the funeral service on Friday February 13. They will meet at YPM at 12.30pm before the 1pm service at St Peter's Church. Jake will be carried into church to his favourite karaoke number 'Build me up Buttercup'.

Other favourite music including 'Wonderwall' by Oasis will be played during the service.

At Eastwood Cemetery the music chosen by Jake will be 'True colours' by Eva Cassidy.


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