Tributes are pouring in for Harvey Parker, a beloved friend, family member and “phenomenal” musician, after their body was discovered in the River Thames.
The 20-year-old had been missing for three weeks and was last seen leaving the LGBT+ Heaven nightclub by Charing Cross in the early morning hours of 17 December.
Parker’s family released a statement thanking those who “searched with us, posted, shared and supported us and the Met police in finding Harvey”.
“Your love and support ensured so many people know something of the blazing, glorious person that we were lucky to have in our lives,” they wrote.
The tragic discovery prompted an outpouring of grief and tributes from across the LGBT+ community.
We are devastated to hear the news about Harvey Parker, and our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Rest in peace #HarveyParker 🤍
— UK BLACK PRIDE (@ukblackpride) January 6, 2022
We are heartbroken to hear the news that a body has been found which is believed to be Harvey Parker, who has been missing since 17 December.
This is incredibly sad news, and our thoughts are with Harvey's family, friends and loved ones.
— London LGBTQ+ Community Centre (@LdnLGBTQCentre) January 5, 2022
We are heartbroken to hear about Harvey Parker, and send love to his family and friends.
They are raising funds in his memory for young queer support groups, neurodiverse and gender-diverse young people and musicians from under-represented communities: https://t.co/1JzJ7388Qu
— Queer Britain (@Queer_Britain) January 6, 2022
Desperately, desperately sad to hear the news of Harveys death. *All* LGBTQ+ people deserve to thrive in a world that cherishes us. So much love to Harvey's family, and if you can please support the go fund me donating to LGBTQ and neurosiverse orgs in Harvey's name. https://t.co/gqgSpbC579
— Nancy Kelley (@Nancy_M_K) January 6, 2022
In memory of Harvey Parker.
All LGBTQ deserve to know how precious they are. https://t.co/MuaHkC8R1F
— Matthew Hodson (@Matthew_Hodson) January 6, 2022
Our thoughts are with Harvey Parker’s family and loved ones.
If you have been affected by this news and need emotional support, you can call our helpline on 0345 3 30 30 30. https://t.co/1Pb1JNNTsq
— LGBT Foundation (@LGBTfdn) January 6, 2022
Harvey was queer, autistic and an accomplished musician. In a previous interview with Metro, their mother Amanda Parker described them as “very academically gifted and really confident”.
“Harvey’s a phenomenal musician,” she said. “Harvey is very engaging, has lots of friends and is quirky.”
The University of York, where Harvey was a student, said in a statement on Twitter that it was “shocked and saddened” to hear of their death.
“Our thoughts remain with Harvey’s family at this really difficult time.”
The Theatre Royal Stratford East, where Harvey worked as a front of house staff member, also paid tribute.
“Everyone at Stratford East is completely devastated by this terribly sad news,” it wrote. on Instagram.
“We will take some time to mourn Harvey before thinking of the best ways to celebrate Harvey’s life, with all those who loved Harvey as a fellow colleague and a friend.”
The theatre also called on people to donate to a Just Giving page created by Parker’s family and friends to ensure that “others like Harvey are able to shine as brightly”.
The money will go to “young queer support groups, neurodiverse and gender-diverse young people” who would “benefit from emotional or mental health support”.
The family said the money will help “support talented musicians from under-represented communities” as well.
Thus far, the family has raised over £55,700.