It was a tragedy that made headlines across the world; a promising medical student, with everything to live for, stabbed to death.
In Belper on Wednesday, August 27, for his funeral that was put aside. It was an opportunity for people to remember 22-year-old Neil Dalton.
Neil was a son, brother, friend, cricketer, footballer and dedicated medical student whose tragic and shocking death has touched the hearts of the community.
The trainee doctor was on a six-week attachment at a hospital in Borneo with his friend, Aidan Brunger.
They were both killed on the street in the town of Kuching on August 6 after a night out.
The atmosphere was sombre throughout as the mourners packed into the church. Friends from Newcastle University, where Neil was studying, sat alongside friends from closer to home.
The Rev Anne Stratton, vicar at the church, conducted the service. She said the occasion was of mixed emotions.
She said afterwards: “The service went as well as it could be expected. In the tributes, a lot of good things were said.
“There was a lot of emotion at the service, but there was also a positive spin placed on it going forward.
“There was a bit of laughter and acknowledgements of the person they knew.
“The vast majority of the people at the service were in the 20s.”
The minister said a lot of the people at the service wrote memories of Neil which will be given to the family “when the dust has settled”.
Neil, of Ambergate, was described as a motivated and driven man.