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Family pays tribute to murdered teen

PUBLISHED: 15:18 29 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:53 25 August 2010

CRIME SCENE: The flat where Charlie Wright was found shot.

CRIME SCENE: The flat where Charlie Wright was found shot.

THE parents of a teenage student who was shot dead have paid tribute to their caring and funny son. Charlie Wright, 17, from Eltham, was found with a gunshot wound to his face at a flat in Calvert Road, Greenwich, last Friday. Tributes have been paid

VICTIM: Charlie Wright

THE parents of a teenage student who was shot dead have paid tribute to their "caring and funny" son.

Charlie Wright, 17, from Eltham, was found with a gunshot wound to his face at a flat in Calvert Road, Greenwich, last Friday.

Tributes have been paid to the popular student, who was studying to be a carpenter at Lewisham College, and two Facebook sites have been set up which already has more than 350 members.

Devastated parents Lisa and John Wright said: "As a family we are absolutely devastated by the loss of Charlie.

"He was caring, funny, and had the biggest of hearts.

"Charlie was studying to be a carpenter and his whole life was ahead of him. We have so many wonderful memories to treasure.

"Our son was simply the best. We will all miss him terribly."

Floral tributes have also been left at the scene including one from his grandparents. It reads: "My dear Charlie Boy, we love you so much and always will, Nanny and Grandad, you are our world.

The principle of Lewisham College, Maxine Room described him as a "popular student. She added: "We were very saddened to hear of the death of Charlie Wright who had been a student at Lewisham College since September last year.

"Our thoughts are with Charlie's family. Charlie was a popular student with all who knew him and he'll be sorely missed. Our students and staff are being encouraged to make full use of the College's support services during this difficult time."

Forensic officers remained on the scene for most of Friday, and detectives have said they are keeping an open mind about why the teenager was shot.

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: "It's been a quiet road. I've lived here for nearly 25 years and it's so quiet, nothing like this has ever happened, that's why I'm just so shocked.

"Nobody expected anything like this to happen."

So far, six people have been arrested in connection with the incident. Two women aged 46 and 36, a 17-year-old boy and two men aged 27 and 20 have been bailed to return at various dates in May. A sixth man, 24, was arrested on Monday and was in police custody as the Times went to press.

Anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8721 4906 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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