Family and hundreds of others pay tribute to 20-year-old Stockton soldier, Codie Richardson

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THE heartbroken family of a young soldier who died in a car crash at the weekend paid tribute to her tonight (Wednesday, February 5), as hundreds of people came together to pay their respects.

About 250 people gathered outside the family home of 20-year-old Private Codie Richardson in Norton, Stockton, for a parade and to release balloons and lanterns in her memory.

Royal Dragoon Guard Pte Richardson died in a car crash at Catterick Garrison alongside friend, Trooper Mark McKeen, on Saturday after Trooper McKeen’s Seat Ibiza left the road and collided with a tree.

As the friends, family and people from across the area gathered, Pte Richardson’s mother, Carol Muir said: “It’s unbelievable. I just didn’t realise the extent of how well she was liked and loved by so many people. I’m so proud, just so proud, of her.”

The Northern Echo:

Pte Richardson’s older sister, Colleen said: “She was a smiley girl and always thought of others, not herself. If you were down, she’d do what it took to make you smile.”

Pte Richardson’s stepfather, Gary Muir, said she had had to work extra hard on her shooting in the Army and, after months of effort, had to start from the beginning again because she was a week behind.

He said: “I was proud of her for that. A lot of people would have said, ‘to hell with you,’ but she just got on with it.

"Codie’s two-year-old niece is very poorly and has had chemo for bone marrow problems.

"Codie was up at the weekend to offer support to her and had been raising money for her. When I nearly lost my finger, Codie came all the way up from London to make sure I was okay. She was a family person.”

Mr Muir was also overwhelmed by the support from the community and Teesside Cars, for whom he works as a taxi-driver, the catering team at Middlesbrough FC where Pte Richardson used to work and hundreds of messages of condolence on Facebook and in the street.

The family have also met with Trooper McKeen’s devastated parents in Catterick.

Outside the family home about 250 people, some wearing RIP Codie T-shirts, carried balloons and lanterns through the wind and rain to a nearby recreation ground, off Norton Avenue.

The Northern Echo:

The family, including Pte Richardson’s five sisters, released the first lantern.

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8:46pm Wed 5 Feb 14

maur1 says...

sad story, rip young lass, condolences to family looked a lovely lass
sad story, rip young lass, condolences to family looked a lovely lass maur1
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9:12pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Derek pallas says...

Love you and miss you codie so so much you made us all so proud you were amazzing and gorgeous and the best sister-in-law in the world to us sleep tight I will never forget our gud times and memories together we were the best dancers in stockton you know that princess we rocked that wobblie and the buffs club we love darling xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Love you and miss you codie so so much you made us all so proud you were amazzing and gorgeous and the best sister-in-law in the world to us sleep tight I will never forget our gud times and memories together we were the best dancers in stockton you know that princess we rocked that wobblie and the buffs club we love darling xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Derek pallas
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11:38pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Boo it's me says...

Rip to an gorgeous angel when I first heard this news I had tearing coming down my eyes I'm still in shock,I just want to wake up and this to be a bad nightmare,you went too early god had chosen you to be his angel,it's true what they say god does take good people and your more than a good person your one in a million,you always know how to make people smile when their down,I guess their was no good angels like you so he chosen you,everyone is missing even your sisters missing you,least god has two beautiful young soldiers beside him in heaven don't party hard up their fly high love you loads rip gorgeous never forgotten xxx
Rip to an gorgeous angel when I first heard this news I had tearing coming down my eyes I'm still in shock,I just want to wake up and this to be a bad nightmare,you went too early god had chosen you to be his angel,it's true what they say god does take good people and your more than a good person your one in a million,you always know how to make people smile when their down,I guess their was no good angels like you so he chosen you,everyone is missing even your sisters missing you,least god has two beautiful young soldiers beside him in heaven don't party hard up their fly high love you loads rip gorgeous never forgotten xxx Boo it's me
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12:01am Thu 6 Feb 14

Boo it's me says...

Boo it's me wrote:
Rip to an gorgeous angel when I first heard this news I had tearing coming down my eyes I'm still in shock,I just want to wake up and this to be a bad nightmare,you went too early god had chosen you to be his angel,it's true what they say god does take good people and your more than a good person your one in a million,you always know how to make people smile when their down,I guess their was no good angels like you so he chosen you,everyone is missing even your sisters missing you,least god has two beautiful young soldiers beside him in heaven don't party hard up their fly high love you loads rip gorgeous never forgotten xxx
Rip to an gorgeous young solider on Saturday we lost her in a car crush,when it was on Facebook and on the news I had tears coming from my eyes I couldn't stop crying,I'm still in shock that your gone can't we just wake up and this will be a bad nightmare I miss seeing your face hearing your voice and giving warm cuddles,you meant everything to me you weren't just my bestfriend you were my sister soulmate and it's heartbreaking just knowing that I can't see or hear your voice again,and today outside your house with the balloons and lanterns were just beautiful bet you were laughing at us when we were failing to set one off,everyone is missing you back home all your friends and sisters if I had one wish I wish it to see your face again,and they do say god takes the good people and you way more than a good person your one in a million,you always new how to make people laugh if they were down and if they didn't want to laugh,I just know I am not going to have a funny person like you ever again,god has chosen you to be his angel because their were no more good angels and then he seen you so he took you instated of someone else,I am missing you babe don't party hard up their fly high save me a chair up there i will see you soon,love you loads gorgeous rip never forgotten ****
[quote][p][bold]Boo it's me[/bold] wrote: Rip to an gorgeous angel when I first heard this news I had tearing coming down my eyes I'm still in shock,I just want to wake up and this to be a bad nightmare,you went too early god had chosen you to be his angel,it's true what they say god does take good people and your more than a good person your one in a million,you always know how to make people smile when their down,I guess their was no good angels like you so he chosen you,everyone is missing even your sisters missing you,least god has two beautiful young soldiers beside him in heaven don't party hard up their fly high love you loads rip gorgeous never forgotten xxx[/p][/quote]Rip to an gorgeous young solider on Saturday we lost her in a car crush,when it was on Facebook and on the news I had tears coming from my eyes I couldn't stop crying,I'm still in shock that your gone can't we just wake up and this will be a bad nightmare I miss seeing your face hearing your voice and giving warm cuddles,you meant everything to me you weren't just my bestfriend you were my sister soulmate and it's heartbreaking just knowing that I can't see or hear your voice again,and today outside your house with the balloons and lanterns were just beautiful bet you were laughing at us when we were failing to set one off,everyone is missing you back home all your friends and sisters if I had one wish I wish it to see your face again,and they do say god takes the good people and you way more than a good person your one in a million,you always new how to make people laugh if they were down and if they didn't want to laugh,I just know I am not going to have a funny person like you ever again,god has chosen you to be his angel because their were no more good angels and then he seen you so he took you instated of someone else,I am missing you babe don't party hard up their fly high save me a chair up there i will see you soon,love you loads gorgeous rip never forgotten **** Boo it's me
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