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Tributes following death of mixed martial artist Brandon Knight from Gillingham

Tributes have poured in for a popular young mixed martial artist.

Brandon Knight, originally from Gillingham, passed away last week.

Brandon Knight (right) with close friend Kyle Yule
Brandon Knight (right) with close friend Kyle Yule

The former Rainham Mark Grammar School and Waterfront UTC student was close friends with Kyle Yule who was murdered in a vicious gang attack in 2017 aged just 17.

He had been an apprentice at Hanson Aggregates, based on the Medway City Estate.

Kyle's mum Nikki posted: "Two beautiful angels reunited now... take care of each other up there and don't start playing tricks on us like you did when on earth love you both."

Brandon was a keen martial artist and was involved in Evolution Combat Sports Network, which holds fights at Kings Sports Club in Rochester.

It's owner posted: "I heard the news Sunday and it has cut me deeply. Brandon you was the nicest lad, you had so much going for you, smart, intelligent, funny, warm hearted, hard working. One of the nicest people I’ve ever met and had the pleasure of training.

"I say this with a very heavy heart, ECMMA family has lost one of our own. I can’t believe it.

Brandon Knight was a keen mixed martial artist
Brandon Knight was a keen mixed martial artist

"There will be a pot at the gym taking charitable donations to go towards helping Brandon’s family at this terrible time.

"Love ya kid, you will be missed dearly rest in paradise."

John Liley added: "Rest in peace Brandon Knight I trained with you since you was a nipper, such a great lad with potential to do anything in life, I’m devastated at the loss my heart goes out to his family and loved ones, heaven has a Muay angel now."

Friend Alisha Palmer added: "Can’t believe it’s real, you were the happiest, loudest & funniest person in every room you entered. Your smile’s contagious and lights up every room. I’m so grateful to have known you and had you as one of my closest friends and to have shared all the amazing memories we have together.

"Will love you always Brandon, keep smiling & partying with Kyle up there - until we meet again."

Brandon Knight died last week
Brandon Knight died last week

Headteacher of Rainham Mark Grammar School Alan Moore, said: "All of us at Rainham Mark Grammar School were very shocked and saddened to learn of Brandon’s tragic death.

"He was a well-liked student here from 2011 until 2016, and he is remembered with fondness by many members of staff and his former classmates.

"Mr Tomkins remembers Brandon as an intelligent young man who could often see a unique way of solving mathematical problems that hadn't occurred to his classmates or to his maths teacher.

"Mr Bull remembers Brandon as a cheeky chappie who really enjoyed his Spanish languages trip. Our thoughts are with his family."

Paul Cottam, the headteacher of Waterfront UTC, said: "During his time at Waterfront UTC he studied Level 3 Construction and the Built Environment, he fully engaged with employers, students and staff in all activities. "Although leaving in July 2018 to start his apprenticeship at Hanson Aggregates he kept in contact with us.

"In October 2019, he was arranging site visits and work experience for our current students to broaden their opportunities. He was a credit to our school and will be sorely missed.

"We are thinking of Brandon’s family at this tragic time and send our sympathies and condolences."

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