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Workmates and friends stunned by tragic death

STAFF at the Solstice pub, where Ross Parker worked as a cellarman, have spoken of their shock following his murder.

STAFF at the Solstice pub, where Ross Parker worked as a cellarman, have spoken of their shock following his murder.STAFF at the Solstice pub, where Ross Parker worked as a cellarman, have spoken of their shock following his murder.

Ross was a popular figure at the pub, in Northminster.

Today, manager Mark Lawler said: "He had been working for us for about a year.

"He was a top guy really nice.

"I couldnt say a bad word about him.

"Emotions are running really high here at the pub and we have had to console the rest of the staff about what has happened.

"They are in disbelief."

Meanwhile, staff at Rosss former school have paid tribute to the 17-year-old.

Ross left Jack Hunt School, in Ledbury Road, Netherton, Peterborough, in June, after completing a GNVQ in business studies.

As reported in later editions of The Evening Telegraph yesterday, deputy headteacher Roy Duncan paid tribute the murdered teenager.

He said: "We are all upset and stunned. Clearly a number of Rosss friends are still here, and we had some very distressed pupils.

"He was a very popular and well-liked young lad, an unusually polite boy.

"Ross had many friends. He was not the sort of lad who would have invited trouble.

"He was a very keen footballer. In fact, he broke the same leg twice playing football last year, but it didnt stop him. He even used to play on his crutches.

"This is probably the first time we have ever had to respond this way to such a tragic event."

When his former classmates arrived at the school yesterday, they were told the devastating news by staff.

Parents are in a state of shock over sudden loss

THE devastated family of the murdered Ross Parker (17) have appealed for help to catch the killers of their son.

In a joint statement, Rosss parents Davinia (43) and Tony (49) and sister, Leanne (22), spoke of their shock at his death.

They said: "Ross was a happy-go-lucky person, and very out-going.

"He had just finished a GNVQ in business administration at Jack Hunt School and was hoping he could get work for the next year, so that he could join the police force when he was old enough.

"He loved football. He supported Manchester United and played for Netherton. He also loved computers.

"We cannot understand why this has happened.

"Everyone is in a state of shock and we just cannot comprehend the news.

"We would ask if anyone knows anything that they ring the police and give any information they can to help the inquiry."

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