Sudden death mystery
PUBLISHED: 15:33 21 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:20 10 June 2010
MONDAY, July 21: CHRISTMAS Eve and Liam Eastlake embraced toddler nephew Kieryn. The two had been playfighting, and afterwards Liam turned to his beloved mum and said, laughing: Cor, he's a little b*****, isn't he? That really hurt!" Tragically for Shelley Eastlake that
CHRISTMAS Eve and Liam Eastlake embraced toddler nephew Kieryn. The two had been playfighting, and afterwards Liam turned to his beloved mum and said, laughing: "Cor, he's a little b*****, isn't he? That really hurt!"Tragically for Shelley Eastlake that would be one of her last memories of her 20 year-old son, who had helped nurse her through months of pain after she was left wheelchair-bound after hospital treatment went wrong.Last week, the 48 year-old of Albion Court laid her son to rest, 13 weeks after he died suddenly in his sleep while staying with his father Roger, in Honiton.Yet Shelley, who is back on her feet, still waits for answers why her son died that day."Kind, caring and loving, that is what Liam was like," said Shelley. "Nothing was too much trouble, from doing odd jobs, running to the shops for people, watering people's plants on his paper round when they were on holiday."His love, devotion and care for me was so selflessly given. I am very honoured and proud to be able to say Liam was my son."The youngster had never settled in work, and was most recently living in Weston-Super-Mare, where he worked as a barman and phone salesman. Shelley said she believed he would never really settle until he got his chance to work on cruise ships - a long held dream that could only happen once he turned 21.The former Exmouth Community College student enjoyed weekends away with conservation groups, but back at home he was rarely far from Mum's side.He called staff and friends at Shelley's local, The Gathering (now Fat Jax), in Victoria Road, 'family number two', with manager Cindy Worthington his 'mum number two'.Shelley said Liam had always known what he wanted from his funeral, and thanked family and friends from across the country for their attendance at Littleham Church.A celebration had been planned for The Gathering family but has been put aside by Shelley after some had already gone ahead with a bash. Now they wait for answers at an inquest. The date has not been confirmed.
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