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Tributes for Catholic schoolboy

The family of a Catholic schoolboy who died in an accident on the Paris Metro have paid tribute to their “beloved” son.

Nye Frankie Newman, from Guildford, was involved in a “train accident on the Metro” on 1st January, his parkour group said.

The 17-year-old student at All Hallows Catholic School in Farnham, Surrey, was a keen participant of the parkour craze, which sees people climb and jump over obstacles and buildings in urban environments.

His family said in a statement released through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office: ‘We are heartbroken by the loss of our beloved son, grandson, brother, cousin and nephew.

‘Nye’s was an extraordinary young life which touched so many. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of emotion and wonderful tributes to Nye that have been made on social media and to us as a family.

‘Whilst understanding the interest in our son’s passing, we are appealing for privacy in order to grieve the loss of our beloved Nye.’

A spokeswoman for All Hallows said: “Nye was a warm, well-loved and popular member of our school community. He was a bubbly and energetic young man, always smiling with a positive attitude towards everything he did.

“He was involved in various school events, his talent was clear to be seen in his contribution to music within the school. He was a drummer, a beat boxer, a rapper and was involved in the Junior Jazz Band.

“His excellent sporting ability was evident throughout his time at All Hallows and his death has left us all deeply shocked and saddened.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends who have been devastated by this tragic event.”

Photographs on Nye’s social media accounts show him leaping between buildings in Hong Kong and somersaulting on the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

His parkour and free-running group known as Brewman said the teenager didn’t die due to parkour.

Picture: Nye Frankie Newman. (FCO/PA Wire).