'You were one in a million': Tributes to young Gillingham stab victim David Young after death
by Lynn Cox
Tributes have been paid to a young father who died at the
weekend after he was stabbed on New Year's Day.
Police launched a murder investigation after devoted
father-of-two David Young, of Beatty Avenue, Gillingham, passed
away on Saturday.
The 28-year-old had been in intensive care since he
was stabbed in the thigh in a fracas in Windmill Road,
Friends have been paying tribute to the builder - and have
donated hundreds of pounds to a fund set up to help his family.
In a tribute, Ollie Cotton said: "You were one in a
Police were called to the scene at about 2.50am on January 1
when a fight broke out between about seven people.
Mr Young had been walking home with friends from a night out at
the Casino Rooms in Rochester, when a fracas broke out. He died at
Medway Maritime Hospital on Saturday.
A friend of the former Robert Napier School pupil has set up an
online fundraising page to help his partner Kirsty Bryant and their
two daughters cope financially.
The kind-hearted gesture was made by childhood friend Matthew
Griffin and by yesterday afternoon the figure was close to
Police cordon off
Windmill Road, in Gillingham, after the stabbing
Hundreds of people have been paying tribute to the young dad
Victoria Dixon wrote: "RIP Dave wicked bloke, all our love goes
out to Kirsty, girls and family love Steve, Vicki, Kai, Lilly and
Melanie Collins said: "Taken far too soon, Thinking of your
family and your beautiful girls. RIP Dave."
Two teenagers have appeared in court and been remanded in
custody in connection with the stabbing. Stuart Porter, 18, and a
17-year-old who cannot be named, appeared before magistrates in
Medway on Thursday before Mr Young died. Both are accused of
grievous harm with intent.
Porter, of Buttermere Close, Gillingham, and the 17-year-old
from Strood, were remanded in custody until their next court
appearance, which will be at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday.
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