Published: 09:27, 16 May 2021
| Updated: 10:18, 16 May 2021
Well-wishers have flooded a beloved university student’s GoFundMe with pledges as they pay tribute after his death.
Police divers pulled Olisa Odukwe’s body from Bristol harbour, near the city centre, last Tuesday.
The 20-year-old, a former Bennett Memorial Diocesan School pupil in Tunbridge Wells, was last seen leaving his home in Redland on May 1.
His friend Lucy Weatherley has helped raise £3,778 in less than 24-hours, just £1,000 short of a new target.
The funds will go towards a memorial bench, tree and mental health charity Mind.
“Olisa Odukwe was a good friend of many, always striving to help others and better himself. Even though he has passed away, he will not be forgotten,” she posted.
“We would like to raise money to plant a memorial tree where Olisa spent a lot of time with friends playing football, basketball and just chatting.”
Such was the speed funds poured in, she added: “Since everyone's been great, I think it’s more than feasible to raise the target and hopefully raise a lot of money for Mind UK whilst also paying for the memorial.
“This is amazing.”
Originally from Tunbridge Wells, Mr Odukwe attended Bennett Memorial School before moving to Bristol in 2019 to study mechanical engineering.
Tributes have been paid to the young man with "extraordinary promise and great personal charm"
"For many in the community at Bennett, thinking of Olisa brings to mind his considerable commitment to his studies as well as the warmth and kindness that he brought to his relationships,” the school said in a statement.
Olisa Odukwe was a good friend of many, always striving to help others and better himself.
"Olisa will be widely missed by his fellow students and by the staff who taught him."
Mr Odukwe's former football team, Leigh FC, last week played in black armbands in his memory.
Manager Dave Furneaux wrote on Facebook: "Olisa was a fantastic player, highly effective on the pitch and warm and gentle off it.”
A spokesman for Bristol, Avon and Somerset police said this week his death is not being treated as suspicious and a report is being prepared for the coroner.
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