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Murdered teen was family's brightest star'

PUBLISHED: 13:25 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 09:54 12 August 2010

FRIENDS of a 16-year-old boy stabbed to death during a park fight have paid tribute to the brightest star there was .

FRIENDS of a 16-year-old boy stabbed to death during a park fight have paid tribute to the 'brightest star there was'.

Nick Pearton, from Sydenham, was killed last Wednesday after being chased by a mob of youths in Home Park Recreation Ground in Winchfield Road, Sydenham, at around 6.15pm.

He was taken to a south London hospital but died shortly after arriving. It is believed that he died on his father's birthday.

A Facebook page set up in his memory has scores of messages from friends and family.

One from his sister, Victoria Pearton, 23, who went to Bromley College, reads: "R.i.p lil bro... keep looking down on us and we will keep looking up! It wont be the same without you! always thinking of you. and we love you lots more than words can describe x x x x x x x."

Another message from Lacey Rosee said: "When I look up I'll think of you, you're the brightest star there is."

The teen, who was studying a vocational course in maintenance, suffered several stab wounds in the attack and sought refuge in a nearby fried chicken shop where his mother Kim ran to the scene to try and help her fatally injured son.

The incident happened less than half-a-mile from where 16-year-old Ben Hitchcock, from Penge, was killed on June 23, 2007.

A 16-year-old boy appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court on Monday charged with Nick's murder.

Seven others, aged between 14 and 21, including a 16-year-old boy from Bromley were arrested and bailed to return to south London police stations in early June pending further enquiries.

The 16-year-old charged with murder is due to appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates again today.

Any witnesses or anyone with information should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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