Vigils for Rob
PUBLISHED: 18:47 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:51 25 August 2010
TEENAGERS are holding nightly vigils where their faultless friend Rob Knox was brutally murdered.
TEENAGERS are holding nightly vigils where their 'faultless' friend Rob Knox was brutally murdered. Flowers, banners, candles and graffiti messages have flourished on the pavement between the Metro bar and Somerfields supermarket in Sidcup since his death last Saturday.
Friend Charlotte Ferguson, 17, from Bedens Road, Sidcup, was at the Metro bar the night Mr Knox was needlessly cut down.
She said: "He was the nicest boy I've ever met. You could not get a better friend than Rob, and he had lots of friends.
"That was why it had shocked everyone here. Because he would not do anything wrong. He was faultless really."
Best friend Nick Jones, 19, of Christchurch Road, Sidcup, was stabbed in the hand during the in the attack.
As Mr Jones stood staring at the flowers, his father, Lee, 46, said: "It's pulling me apart. It could have been Nick.
"The guy last night stabbed him through the hand - in one side, out the other. Something has got to seriously be done about knives.
"This is two youngsters within two weeks. It's crazy. It's almost commonplace now. Every time I turn on the TV it's another youngster got stabbed.
"You think it's happening elsewhere, and then it happens on your door step."
In a statement Mr Knox's parents, Colin and Sally, said: "He was respectful to others and adored by all his family and friends."
The teen's acting agent said Mr Knox had been having the time of his life having just landed a role in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince due out in November. Bonnie Sullivan, from D&B School of Performing Arts in Bromley represented Mr Knox since he was 11. She said: "The only comfort that I have taken from this horrible thing is that I know Rob had just had the best three months of his life."
Mr Knox's 16-year-old brother, Jamie, also a D&B acting student, was with him when he was fatally stabbed.
A tribute to his older brother read: "I loved you so much, I looked up to you so much ... I thought you were invincible."
Bradley Andrews, 18, from Northumberland Heath, one of over 100 teens gathered outside Metro on Saturday, said the swell of people were just some of Mr Knox's friends.
Friend Steve Knowles, 17, from Albany Park, said: "He would never hurt anyone. He had so many friends because he was such a decent bloke. He didn't deserve this.
"He was supposed to be going to Zante with the boys this summer. I don't know what will be happening about that now."
Danny Mizen, 30, whose 16-year-old brother Jimmy was killed in Lee on May 10, lives minutes from the Sidcup bar he occasionally frequents.
He said: "My thoughts are with the family right now."
Karl Bishop, 21, of Carlton Road, Sidcup, appeared at Bexley Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with murder and five counts of wounding. Wearing a casual jumper and sporting a large black eye, unemployed Bishop remained emotionless as he was remanded in custody until his trial at the Old Bailey on September 2.