Online appeal in memory of tragic Hartlepool man Gabriel Kariuki exceeds £9,000 target within days

An appeal set up to support the family of much-loved Gabriel Kariuki as they prepare for their final goodbye has exceeded its target within the space of days.

Sunday, 4th July 2021, 3:00 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th July 2021, 3:00 pm

His body was found on the beach at Seaton Carew on Friday, June 25, after he was reported missing by his mother Annie on Monday, May 17, after she last saw him in the Grange Road area of Hartlepool

Cleveland Police confirmed on Tuesday, June 29, the body had been identified has Gabriel, adding its specially trained officers would be continuing to offer his family their support.

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A GoFundMe page has raised more than £9,000 for the family of Gabriel Kariuki.

The page was set up for the family of Gabriel, known as GG through his full name Gabriel Gatu Kariuki, with a £9,000 target.

But that was surpassed by hundreds of pounds within the space of four days.

Among the tributes left on the page includes one which says: “Your energy, charisma, infectious laugh and warming smile will never be far from our thoughts.”

A photo of Gabriel Kariuki shared by Cleveland Police as they searched for the 26-year-old.

Another added: “A truly infectious and humble guy, always had time for people, an amazing human being.

"I am so sorry for the family and close friends of him, gone far too soon.”

The tribute on the page said he had been a “loved son, nephew, cousin and friend” and said it was hoped funds could be raised for a “befitting send-off to our beautiful boy”.

Police, friends and family had searched for the graduate since he was last sighted in the Victoria Road area in the early hours of Tuesday, May 18, close to Loons bar.

A message made in stones on the sand at Seaton Carew in memory of Gabriel Kariuki Picture by Frank Reid.

Officers say his death is not being treated as suspicious and an inquest is expected to open shortly.

Anyone who would like to support the Donate in Memory of Gabriel (GG) Gatu Kariuki funding appeal can add to it via https://gofund.me/16b78cc4.

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