Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'Everybody around the Area, People Who Used to Argue - It's All Been Put to Rest. It's Just an Absolute Shame It's Come to This'

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'Everybody around the Area, People Who Used to Argue - It's All Been Put to Rest. It's Just an Absolute Shame It's Come to This'

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Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter sonia.sharma@trinitymirror.com

FRIENDS and loved ones of stab victim Reece Allen are hoping to raise awareness of knife crime.

Reece, 24, was found with multiple wounds outside a home in West Avenue, North Shields, in the early hours of last Monday. He was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary where he later died.

A murder investigation was launched by police and a man has appeared in court charged with the alleged offence.

Now Reece's pals have started a GoFundMe appeal in his memory, and after just one day it managed to raise more than PS5,000. Already it has broken the PS6,000 mark. The group also wants to raise awareness of knife crime as the murder investigation will examine whether Reece was a victim of knife crime.

Stevey Harrison, 19, of North Shields, said: "I've known Reece all my life.

Everyone was just devastated when he died and we wanted to do something for his family.

"A suggestion was made to raise funds and it was decided to start this appeal on GoFundMe. Since then everyone has just pulled together, it's a group effort.

"In just one day, the page raised more than PS5,000. We plan to hand over all the money to Reece's family, who will be able to use it towards his funeral costs.

"We also want to raise awareness of the dangers of knives. It's important to cut knife crime. We don't want anyone else to lose a friend or a loved one like this."

Another friend, Tav Robertson, 27, of Meadow Well, added: "Reece was an amazing lad. He was funny, he would make you smile - you never had a dull moment with him. He was one of the best.

"We are all absolutely heartbroken to lose him. He had his full life ahead of him.

"When we decided to raise funds for his family, everyone in the North Shields and Meadow Well areas came together - NE29 has become united.

"Everybody around the area, people who used to argue - it's all been put to rest and there's no animosity any more. …

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