SOUTH OZONE PARK — Dozens of grief-stricken friends and relatives remembered 24-year-old Deosarran Ramdular, the air-conditioning technician allegedly beaten to death by a Queens bouncer, as a "big-hearted" son and brother at his funeral Thursday.
In a bright turquoise vest sprayed with his favorite cologne — Burberry's "Touch" — Ramdular lay next to a similarly colored Yankees baseball hat in an open casket surrounded by flower arrangements including a heart-shaped arrangement of white roses inlaid with red roses in the shape of a Sanskrit "Om" during the 9 a.m. service at the Bergen Funeral Home in South Ozone Park.
"It's so distressing. His smile, everything is gone," said Ramdular's heartbroken father, Ramdular Baboosall. "It's getting more difficult every minute that passes by. I don't know what the future holds for me."
The battered club-goer lay in critical condition at Elmhurst Hospital Center, where doctors pronounced him brain dead five days later, relatives said.
His family took him off life-support on Sunday, March 24.
"Everything crashed down all at once. It was so sudden. It came out of nowhere," said Ramdular's 21-year-old cousin, Devin Parmanand. ''He was only 24 and he's lost a life. If this were someone a little older, we'd all be able to move on a little quicker.''
Relatives remembered Ramdular during the serene Thursday service as an affectionate, soft-spoken man who wanted to start his own air-conditioning business so he could buy his family a nicer house.
"I have no other choice but to say goodbye to him at such a young age. He's leaving us and the rest of the family," his father said.
"It's very, very, very difficult. Some things cannot be explained," he added. "Only a mother and father can feel this distress that was unexpected."
Sorbera was initially charged with the assault — and another attack that occurred days earlier — when he turned himself in after learning about Ramdular's condition, the bouncer's family said.
Sorbera was charged with murder when Ramdular died, which gave the victim's father "a little satisfaction," he said.
"Justice is being done," Baboosall said.
But Sorbera's relatives say he was acting in self defense and that the victim's friends had been waiting outside for the bouncer for about an hour after getting booted from the club for causing a ruckus.
"They waited outside of the club for an hour until my son got off work. Then they surrounded him," said the suspect's mother, Karla Sorbera.
"He was defending himself," said Sorbera's brother, Robert. "He was just scared."
The victim's family has rejected the bouncer's story, saying he sparked the assault.
"[Sorbera] followed him around the corner," the victim's uncle said during a Tuesday memorial. "He pushed him to the ground, kicked him in the head, and that's self defense?"
Ramdular was set to be cremated after his funeral.
''He was one of the biggest-hearted people I've ever met," said his 39-year-old cousin, Jay Budhan. "He enjoyed life to the fullest. He did not deserve to go this way.''