The heartbroken family of a 17-year-old boy who was fatally stabbed at a sports club have paid tribute to their ‘cheeky and compassionate’ son.
Joshua Hall was attacked at Cam Sports Club, in Everlands, Gloucestershire, during the afternoon of Friday (April 16).
In a statement, Joshua’s family said: “On Friday 16th at 1.25pm our life changed forever. Our beautiful, charming, caring and kind soul Joshua Hall was hurt beyond recovery.
“We want Josh to be remembered not for this senseless act but for the love he brought to life.
“The essence of Josh is impossible to capture because of how special he was. He helped people in their darkest hours and their lives are better because of his presence. He always had a smile for everyone and was cheeky and compassionate.
“He leaves behind his mum Kirsty, his dad Michael and his little brother Elijah.
“Everyone who knows Joshua will feel his loss, however it’s of the utmost to his family that he is remembered with nothing but love.
“Josh’s family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has left flowers, cards, kind words and beautiful memories of our son.
“Please continue to think of Josh and remember his smile.”
The boy charged with murder has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Monday, April 19).
A 20-year-old man and a second 15-year-old boy have both been released under investigation pending further enquiries.