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On Monday 22nd of February the funeral of Luke Miller, the backpacker who was found dead in a swimming pool in Koh Tao took place. Crowds gathered for the popular bricklayer’s funeral at Newport in the Isle of White. Before he died 26 year old Luke described his time in Thailand as ‘living the dream’, words that were printed onto his coffin. A convoy of vehicles joined Luke’s own car before the service at Newport Minster took place.
Luke Miller was found dead floating in a hotel swimming pool in Koh Tao on 8th January 2016. While his death has been put down to drowning the full autopsy results and toxicology are expected to take weeks to be made available. Many of Luke’s friends and his travel companions suspect foul play and believe the assumption that his death was caused by accident after he jumped off at DJ stand covered in barbed wire into a swimming pool is unlikely. There were no witnesses to his death, CCTV cameras of the area are said to have been faulty.
On a Facebook page, Justice for Luke, that has now been made private, hundreds of Luke’s friends have paid their respects to a man who was known for his zest for life. Luke’s travel companion and long term friend Nichola Gissing posted “You will NEVER be forgotten Angel, now you have our wings, fly high”. Another friend wrote “Well what a send off that was!! Everyone clapping and cheering as you left the church the way it should have been!! Hope you were watching all the love today you will be so missed my smiley friend!! Keep the sun shining always xxxx”
Published with permission from Nichola Gissing