The family of a 14-year-old Catholic schoolboy who was murdered has paid an emotional tribute to him as ‘an amazing son’ and ‘a kind and caring role model.’
Northumbria Police found Tomasz Oleszak with “injuries consistent with being caused by a bladed article” in the Aycliffe Crescent area of the Springwell Estate at just after 8pm on Monday.
Tomasz leaves behind his mother Kamila, father Patryk and a little brother, aged six.
Kamila said: “Tomasz was an amazing son, a kind and caring role model to his little brother and a great friend to so many.
“As a family we are devastated beyond words.
“He was a talented, smart young man and a brilliant footballer. He had so much potential and his whole life ahead of him. He made us so proud to be his parents.
“We will never stop loving him. The hole left in our lives can never be filled. Our world has changed forever.”
Kamila spoke of being ‘blown away’ by the support she has received.
“Even in our darkest days, the community has helped us see just a little bit of light,” she said.
“We are completely blown away by the support and kindness that has been shown to our family.”
The force confirmed that a 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with murder, attempted wounding with intent and having a bladed article in a public place.
Northumbria Police said a 13-year-old girl who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed.
Brendan Robson, headteacher of Cardinal Hume Catholic School in Gateshead, which Tomasz attended, spoke of the school’s ‘shock’ at the news.
“As a much loved and treasured pupil, Tomasz was a dedicated and committed young man who was the life and soul of his friendship group,” he said.
“Cardinal Hume Catholic School community is deeply saddened and shocked by the death of Tomasz.”
Mr Robson highlighted Tomasz’ characteristics and the effect his death has had on the school.
“Tomasz was charismatic and engaging, always displaying a great sense of humour. He was a loyal friend who others could turn to,” he said.
“As a talented footballer and wonderful team player, he has been described by his friends as “someone you’d always want to have on your team.”
“No parent, no family, no friend, no school, no community should have to deal with such news and understandably we are all shaken by this tragic event.”
Mr Robson promised Tomasz’s family and friends his thoughts and prayers, adding that the school will do all it can to ‘support Tomasz’ family, our students, and staff, who are understandably struggling to process this tragic event.’
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