‘He wanted to make a difference’ - Hundreds gather for emotional vigil to Norwich photographer Harvey Lewis Truswell
PUBLISHED: 13:08 01 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:52 26 June 2017
Hundreds have gathered for an emotional vigil in memory of the popular photographer Harvey Lewis Truswell.
The 23-year-old was found dead on April 27 at a flat in Normandie Tower, on Rouen Road, Norwich.
On Sunday, more than 200 of his friends and family members paid tribute to the former City College student during a vigil at Earlham park.
They brought along dozens of balloons which were released into the sky at around 8pm.
His mother, Sara Truswell, 49, said her son “wanted to make a difference” to the world.
She said: “He used to say ‘I am only one person, but if I can make a difference, I will’.
“I have had so many messages from people I don’t even know saying how he had helped them when they got stuck in life.”
She said her son would sometimes buy bottles of water and sandwiches on Saturday nights and share them with the city’s homeless.
“In his eyes, everyone was equal,” she said.
Mr Truswell, a photographer, videographer and director, grew up in West Earlham, and had one sister.
He had worked with a number of high-profile music acts, including Rudimental, Major Lazer and Chase and Status.
But he was also known on the local music scene, working with up and coming artists, as well as working as a club photographer.
Last night’s vigil was organised by Mr Truswell’s childhood friend, Kelsey Hughes, who is aged 23.
She said he had been a student at City College and City Academy, formerly known as Earlham High School.
“He had the biggest heart someone could possibly have,” she said.
“He would help anyone at any time and he was known all over the world. People from Canada have even sent him video messages.”
As of Sunday night, a Just Giving page set up in his memory had received just over £2,300.
His family have asked for the money to be donated to the mental health charity, Mind.
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