COLE Kershaw, the Bury teenager who was tragically shot and killed in an attack last month, was today laid to rest.

Mourners turned out in their hundreds to pay their final respects to the 18-year-old amateur boxer.

Many were dressed in gold and black t-shirts, hoodies and caps emblazoned with the words 'King Cole', in honour of the teen.

In a tribute made soon after Cole's death, his dad Christopher Kershaw described his son as young man with a 'good heart'.

He said: "Cole gave 100 per cent to everything he did and had a massive smile to match his personality.

“Cole was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and has, as a result, lost his life in a violent and tragic way.

“We will never come to terms with our loss.

"Cole was and always will be one of the most positive things in our lives and we are truly devastated to wake up in a world without him."

Family and friends of Cole gathered at the Towler Inn in Walmersley this morning before processing to the St John with St Mark Church.

There a service was held, attended by a small number of family and close relatives.

At around 10.30am a funeral cortege left the church for Bury Cemetery where many came to say their final goodbyes.

Later dozens gathered around the bandstand in Clarence Park where a memorial to Cole has been erected.

Over recent weeks grieving family and friends have left tributes and a sea of flowers at the bandstand.

Many have also lit candles and left balloons, a King Cole Kershaw T-shirt and cap, photographs and messages in memory of Cole.

Elsewhere, all around the Chesham and Walmersley area, groups of people could be seen everywhere wearing 'King Cole' clothing today.

Cole was shot in the right shoulder during an incident in Chesham Road at around 9.40pm on the night of August 12.

He was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

Three men accused of Cole's murder have been sent for crown court trial.

This week a fourth man was also charged in connection with his murder.

Eighteen-year-old Cole was a former Derby High School pupil and an apprentice at Bury Scaffolding.

He was also a promising amateur boxer after first picking up a pair of gloves at the age of nine ­— alongside his younger brother Pat.

As a youngster he quickly took to the sport and excelled, taking part in 15 amateur bouts during, including a prize fight last year.

His family and coaches at the BrickCity Boxing Gym in Bury described Cole’s boxing talent as “something really special” and had ambitions for him to go professional.

Following Cole's tragic death, an appeal was launched to raise funds for funeral and memorial costs.

So far £7,400 has been donated ­— far exceeding the appeal's £2,500 target ­— and his family have now set a new goal of £15,000.

The money was put towards supporting funeral expenses and will also be used to provide a memorial.

Elisha Peers, cousin to Cole's dad Christopher, who set up the appeal, described the teenager as a "loving, caring, respectful, hard working, athletic, courageous young man".

"He was an inspiration to all the young people he helped and everyone who was ever blessed to know him," she added.

In the wake of Cole's death his family and friends have also set up a new charity in his name.

The King Cole Foundation will work to get kids off the street and ‘give their lives direction’ through sport, employment and education.

Tackling gun and knife crime is also a key part of the foundation's mission and it’s core slogan is ‘Gloves Up, Guns Down’.