Parents' tribute to 'cheeky' Dursley teen Joshua Hall who died after stabbing at Cam Sports Club

Joshua, 17, was stabbed at a sports club in Dursley. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

The parents of a 17-year-old boy who was stabbed in Gloucestershire said they want their son to be remembered for "the love he brought to life."

Joshua Hall died in Southmead Hospital after a stabbing at Cam Sports Club in Dursley on Friday 16 April.

In a statement his family said: "On Friday 16 April at 1.25pm our life changed forever. Our beautiful, charming, caring and kind soul Joshua Hall was hurt beyond recovery.

"We want Josh to be remembered...for the love he brought to life.

"The essence of Josh is impossible to capture because of how special he was. He helped people in their darkest hours and their lives are better because of his presence. He always had a smile for everyone and was cheeky and compassionate. 

"He leaves behind his mum Kirsty, his dad Michael and his little brother Elijah. 

Joshua's family said parents need to learn an 'urgent' lesson following their son's death. Credit: Gloucestershire Constabulary

"Everyone who knows Joshua will feel his loss, however it’s of the utmost to his family that he is remembered with nothing but love.

"Josh’s family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has left flowers, cards, kind words and beautiful memories of our son.

"Please continue to think of Josh and remember his smile."

David Alexander, the head teacher at Rednock School where Joshua attended, has written a letter expressing how "shocked and saddened" the school is by their student's death.

Guidance from an educational psychology service is also being offered to students to help cope with any trauma resulting from this incident.

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder and will appear at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court on Monday 19 April.

A 20-year-old man and second 15-year-old boy, who were also arrested, have both been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

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