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Man arrested over murder of Greenwich student Samuel Guidera

PUBLISHED: 14:09 17 February 2011 | UPDATED: 16:20 17 February 2011

Samuel Guidera

Samuel Guidera

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A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a Greenwich university student near a train station.

Forensic experts scoured the scene for clues

Detectives made the arrest this morning at around 7am in Penge.

Samuel Guidera, 24, who wanted to become a teacher, was found collapsed at 9.55pm last Saturday in Bailey Place’s junction with Newlands Park, around 200m from the Penge East station. He was taken to hospital by ambulance but was pronounced dead at 10.55pm.

His devastated family described the former Hayes School pupil as ‘family orientated’ and ‘passionate about his studies’.

Their statement read: “Samuel was a hard working man who was passionate about his studies. He was also very family-orientated. We are devastated and cannot understand why this has happened. We would appeal to anyone who has information about our son to contact the police.”

A University of Greenwich spokesperson said: “Samuel was a popular and able student who had made excellent progress in his studies, achieving very good grades. He earned the respect and affection of his tutors and fellow students and will be sadly missed by those who taught and knew him.

“Everyone here will be shocked and saddened by this terrible news. Samuel was a first year History student at the University of Greenwich. He was part of the university’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, based on the Greenwich Campus.”

An incident room has opened under Detective Chief Inspector Laurence Smith from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command. Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives on 020 8345 3734 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

An inquest was opened and adjourned at Croydon Coroner’s Court today.

Did you know Mr Guidera? Call the Bromley Times news desk on 0208 269 7013.

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