Young Melbourne man farewells love of his life killed in lightning strike

The boyfriend of a young Melbourne woman killed by lightning has left a touching tribute at her farewell among friends and family.

Lauren Brownlee died last month when struck by lightning as she and boyfriend Ben Hollow stood under a tree at a popular vantage point in Chirnside Park.

In a farewell on Friday, Ben called her the love of his life.

Inside a closed funeral service in Wagga Wagga, the 25-year-old was remembered as as a vibrant woman who cherished those closest to her.

The couple were watching the storm from a popular vantage point when disaster struck. Source: 7 News

"Words cannot express emptiness in every waking breath without Lauren," Ben told mourners.

"Lauren you are the love of my life and I will cherish every moment we spent together, love your favourite human."

Wheelchair-bound following the incident, the 23-year-old was joined by Lauren's family in delivering moving words.

Ben was left wheelchair-bound following the incident. Source: 7 News
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Her father described her as "more than special, she was everything".

Since Lauren's death the family has been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the community.

The service on Friday was paid for by a Melbourne funeral director who was moved by the tragedy and wanted to help.

They had moved under this tree in Chirnside Park . Source: 7 News