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Family and friends gathered at Moreton Daily Stadium in Redcliffe on Monday to say goodbye to rising NRL star Liam Hampson following his tragic death in Barcelona last month. 

 

 

Hampson, who played for the Redcliffe Dolphins in the Queensland Cup, was found dead inside Sala Apolo nightclub in Barcelona on October 20 during a whirlwind European holiday with first grade players AJ Brimson, Jordan Riki and Jesse Arthars.

A funeral invitation, sent by Hampson’s father Brett, encouraged attendees to dress the way he would, in “s**t shirts and birks”.

“As Liam will have wanted, we ask that those attending come dressed in, as Liam would say, ‘S**t Shirts and Birks’ or casual comfy clothes,” his father said last week. 

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Around 1000 guests arrived at Hampson’s favourite rugby ground for a public memorial service to honour the aspiring footballer’s legacy. 

All guests were dressed in casual clothes and bright colours to honour Hampson and his family’s wishes. 

The song “Follow the Sun” reportedly played over the speakers as his coffin arrived from the Moreton Daily Stadium tunnel.

Emotional NRL stars, including Broncos player Jordan Riki and Titans player Aj Brimson, wiped away tears as they carried his coffin across the oval.

The group were dressed in matching black t-shirts with “Liam Brett Hampson” labelled on the front alongside a photo. 

Riki and Brimson were travelling with Hampson in Europe when he went missing on a night out in Barcelona. 

Hampson was reportedly separated from friends in search of a bathroom when he pushed through two emergency doors and entered a cordoned-off terrace.

Security cameras showed Hampson make his way back to the club in darkness, jumping a short wall before he plunged 14 metres to his death.

His body was found by staff at the bottom of an open air courtyard inside the club some 30 hours later.

Liam’s father Brett Hampson broke down as he delivered a touching tribute to his son. 

“Gone too soon, but what an amazing 24 years it was,” Hampson’s father said, according to Courier Mail. 

“Liam was full of cheekiness and fun and living the best life he could.”

Liam’s mother Lorna Morton also spoke and paid an emotional tribute to her son. 

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