‘You were such an amazing person’ - tributes left to teenager who died after street brawl
PUBLISHED: 12:36 10 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:22 11 July 2019
Tributes have been paid to a teenager who died after a street fight.
Reece Hornibrook, 17, suffered serious head injuries in a brawl in King's Lynn in the early hours of Sunday.
He died in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday. His aunt Mandy Hornibrook posted on social media: "Sorry to say but today my 17 yr old nephew has passed away due to serious/fatal head injuries with his family by his side."
In a statement issued via Norfolk police, his family later said: "He was a gentle giant, always laughing and joking and would do anything for anyone. We will remember him as having a huge heart. He was popular and he was our hero."
Balloons and messages have been left in The Walks, in the centre of King's Lynn, where Mr Hornibrook did parkour with his friends.
One said: "I love you Bro, you were such an amazing person."
Another added: "Fly high."
Young people held a candlelit vigil and released balloons in the park in memory of the former King Edward VII Academy pupil last night.
In a statement, the school said: "Reece attended King Edward VII Academy for two years, completing his GCSEs last Summer. He was well thought of by staff and students alike.
"We are all obviously shocked and saddened by this tragic news. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family during this difficult time."
A sponsored walk is planned for Sunday, to raise funds for a memorial.
Flowers have also been left on a bollard at the junction of Saddlebow Road with Metcalf Avenue, where police were called to a street fight at around 3.30am on Sunday.
The incident is believed to have happened after a number of cars were damaged.
Afterwards, Mr Hornibrook's mother Barb Bass posted on social media: "Plz help in any way u can if u see anything heard anything plz plz plz help to find out what happened to my son my boy is only 17 years old and on life support machine plz I need to know what happened to my baby."
Mr Hornibrook's Facebook profile described him as: "Freerunner/parkour/artist/motorbikes/taking risks."
Liam Russell, 31, of Metcalf Avenue, Lynn, has been charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and remanded in police custody to appear before magistrates today.
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