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Match tribute to Gillingham teen Sonny Pataria, found dead in the River Medway near Chatham in 2009

10 February 2014
by Medway Messenger reporter

Family and friends of a teenager who died after falling into the River Medway took part in a football match in his memory.

The match was played to remember Sonny Pataria who drowned five years ago – just two days after celebrating his 18th birthday.

Sonny Pataria who was found dead in the River Medway

Sonny Pataria who was found dead in the River Medway

The former New Brompton College student, who lived in Woodlands Road, had been at a wedding reception at Chatham’s Historic Dockyard when tragedy struck.

Sonny is thought to have fallen in while walking along the river’s edge in Chatham.

The popular football fan’s body was found in the river at Gun Wharf, Chatham, on February, 11, 2009. bAn inquest later recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Soccer tournament in memory of Sonny Pataria

Soccer tournament in memory of Sonny Pataria

Since his tragic death, his family have been holding fundraising events and this year his cousin Yasmin Pataria organised an indoor five-a-side tournament.

It raised £260 which will be donated to RNLI.

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