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article imageThe Killing of Christopher Faulkner

By Tim Neale     Apr 28, 2008 in Crime
A small English town is in shock and mourning at the killing of a local young man. Christopher Faulkner, 20, of Stevenage, was attacked besides the town’s cricket club last Monday at 7pm. He died later in hospital of a single stab wound to the chest.
Two teenagers appeared in court on Friday morning in connection with his killing. Shahan Yeter, 18, of Stevenage, and a 15-year-old were charged with murder and conspiracy to rob. A third teenager arrested at the same time has been released without charge.
In a statement printed in the local, Comet, his family said, "Chris was well liked and he had many friends. He will be missed by us all very much, we are finding it very hard to come to terms with what has happened. We will find it hard not seeing his cheeky grin every day.”
Stevenage, a prosperous town of 80,000 lies in the English heartlands. Situated in Hertfordshire, one of the safest counties in England, it seemed to exist in a bubble distant from the trends sweeping the rest of the country. In 2006/7 Hertfordshire had a murder rates of 9.4 per million of population. By comparison, the average Canadian murder rate for 2006 was 18.5 per million, for the USA in 2006 the rate was 56 murders per million.
The picture shows the impromptu memorial that has appeared near to the spot of Christopher’s attack. The message on the tree is from his 18-year-old girlfriend Vanessa Clarke.
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