Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

He Was a Naughty, Cheeky but Lovely Little Boy; PARENTS MOURN LOST FUTURE OF SON MURDERED ON HIS WAY HOME

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

He Was a Naughty, Cheeky but Lovely Little Boy; PARENTS MOURN LOST FUTURE OF SON MURDERED ON HIS WAY HOME

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Byline: ROBERT MENDICK

ESTELLA ap Rhys Pryce stares at a photograph of her son, Tom, at the age of five. His face is angelic, a boy destined for a brilliant future.

"This," says Estella, "is a child growing up the right way."

Now a fund in Tom ap Rhys Pryce's name should help inner-city children follow in his steps. Tom, 31, was murdered two weeks ago as he walked to the flat he shared with his fiancee Adele Eastman, also 31, in Bathurst Gardens, Willesden. The couple were due to marry in Tuscany in September.

Committed Christians, Estella and her husband John, both in their sixties, are determined that something good should come from their son's death. "It is the greatest test of faith I have ever had and it has made my faith stronger," she says.

I tell her it is extraordinary that she shows no bitterness toward her son's killers. "I find it extraordinary, too," she replies.

"Somebody wrote me a letter saying how angry I must be. But I don't feel any anger."

Her husband appears equally forgiving. "It is difficult to connect to the people who did this," he says. "You find it hard to understand why they did it and therefore it's hard to hate something you cannot understand in the first place."

It was about 4.15am when there was a knock on the door of the family home in Weybridge two weeks ago. The couple's elder son, Michael, delivered the terrible news after receiving a phone call from Adele. "He was in a desperate state," said John. "When you hear something like that you can't take it in."

Estella says: "We were like three wolves together howling.

You can't imagine."

Tom ap Rhys Pryce was born in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire. "I don't want you to get the idea he was always an angel," says his mother. "He was quite a naughty, cheeky but lovely little boy. He didn't always get very good reports when he was little. …

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