An 18-year-old man has been charged with the murder of 15-year-old Alex Rodda, whose body was found on Friday morning in a Cheshire village.
Alex had vanished at 6pm on Thursday, but his body was found just hours later.
Alex’s mum Lisa, 50, wept on her doorstep as she told the Sunday Mirror: “I wish he had not been so trusting.
“Everybody loved Alex. He was caring and kind. Alex was my beautiful son, but he was naive. He was only 15 and that made him vulnerable. I am heartbroken.”
Alex’s brother Adam, 22, has travelled from London, where he works, to be with his mother in Knutsford, Cheshire.
One neighbour said: "He was always messing around, dressing up in other people’s clothes. He’d put anything on to make people laugh.
“I cannot believe this has happened.
"Alex would not hurt anybody.”
Matthew Mason, of Ollerton, near Knutsford, was arrested in Forton, Newport, at around noon on Friday.
Four hours before he was arrested Alex's body was discovered outside in Ashley Mill Lane, Ashley, which borders the affluent village of Hale.
Alex's family, who are from the Knutsford area are being supported by specialist officers.
Mason has been charged with murder and possession of a bladed article in a public place.
He has been remanded in custody and is set to appear at Crewe Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, where Alex was a Year 11 student, is offering support to his classmates.