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Tomasz Oleszak, who died following a knife attack in Gateshead, has been remembered as a “loyal friend” and a “talented footballer” by those who knew him at school.
Tomasz Oleszak was 14 years old.
DETAIL OF INCIDENCE:
Tomasz Oleszak, from Gateshead, was seriously injured in the Aycliffe Crescent area of the Springwell Estate at about 20:00 BST on Monday.
He died in hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
A 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of murder, and a girl, 13, held on suspicion of assisting an offender to remain in custody.
Northumbria Police said Tomasz’s family was “utterly devastated.”
Headteacher Brendan Robson, of Cardinal Hume Catholic School in Gateshead, where the teenager was a pupil, said everyone was “devastated.”
He also said a parents’ evening due to being held had been cancelled as a “mark of respect.”
“We are devastated to hear of this tragic incident involving one of our students,” Mr Robson said.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this sorrowful time.
“As a school, we are doing all we can to support our students and everyone in our community who is affected; we are also supporting the police with their ongoing inquiries.”
Cards left with flowers where Tomasz was found described him as an “amazing friend” and someone “loved and missed by many.”
The teenager played at Gateshead Cleveland Hall Community Football Club, which said in a statement it was “devastated” to learn of his death.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and anyone that knew Tomasz,” it said.
On a fundraising page in Tomasz’s memory, one of his football coaches said he was a “very kind, caring young man” who had been brought to the UK by his parents for a better life and “didn’t deserve what has happened to him.”
He said: “He was a much-loved member of his local community and will be sadly missed by all who loved him.
“This is every parent’s worst nightmare come true and can’t imagine what they’re going through.”
The appeal to support Tomasz’s family has raised more than £12,000 and received dozens of messages of condolence.
Bob Boustead, chairman of Tomasz’s football club, told BBC Look North that the whole “grass-roots community of football” was in shock, adding: “We’ve never had anything like this. It’s very difficult to get to grips with.”
Northumbria Police Ch Supt Helena Barron stressed such incidents were rare in the region and said officers would remain in the area.
“I want to reiterate my plea to the public not to speculate on details of the investigation,” she said.
“What might seem like an innocent comment or post on social media to you could in reality disrupt an ongoing investigation and cause further upset to the family of the victim.”
The force has asked anyone with information to speak directly to officers.