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Man beaten to death was a beautiful brother'

PUBLISHED: 15:28 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:46 25 August 2010

THE sister of a young man who was beaten to death in his flat has paid tribute to her beautiful brother days after a 16-year-old boy is charged with his murder.

THE sister of a young man who was beaten to death in his flat has paid tribute to her 'beautiful' brother days after a 16-year-old boy is charged with his murder.

David Cooper, 28, was found dead at his flat in Sir Martin Bowes House in Calderwood Street, Woolwich by two friends on November 19, as reported in the Times.

The victim's sister Michelle Cooper said no one could ask for a better brother, son, grandson, nephew cousin or friend.

She added: "If you were down, he would pick you up. If you would cry, he would wipe away your tears. If you had nowhere to go he would give you a roof.

"Forgiveness ran through him, however you fell out, and he would never think twice about offering a second chance.

"To our mum he was a best friend, a lease of life to hold on to, a reason to carry on and forget bad times. He was our knight in shining armour, our problems were always his too."

Mr Cooper was pronounced dead at the scene after two friends who found him raised the alarm. A post mortem gave the cause of death as head injuries.

A 16-year-old boy from Walthamstow who cannot be named has been charged with his murder and remanded in custody after he appeared at Camberwell Green Juvenile Court last Wednesday.

He will next appear in court on Christmas Eve.

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