19 February 2006

Murdered teen's family launch trust fund site

Sunday Life

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us'Thomas's death must provide a line in the sand, let his young life be the last one to be taken so senselessly'

By Stephen Breen
19 February 2006

THE parents of murdered teenager Thomas Devlin were last night swamped with messages of support after the launch of their son's website.

The site - www.thomasdevlin.com - and a trust fund in memory of the 15-year-old were launched by TV presenter Eamonn Holmes and Thomas' mother, Penny Holloway, last Friday.

And just a few hours after the launch of the site over 100 messages of support had been posted.

Speaking during the launch, the broadcaster, who also knows one of the teenager's who was with Thomas when he was attacked, urged people to back the family's campaign.

Said Mr Holmes: "I feel as if I knew Thomas and I am honoured and privileged to have been asked by his family to be the patron of the fund.

"I hope people contribute to the fund because we can't let Thomas's life go to waste. We all have to make a stand on the use of knives on our streets.

"Thomas's death must provide a line in the sand, let his young life be the last one to be taken so senselessly."

Thomas's mum said the website and fund were launched to remember Thomas, but also to provide a message of hope for Northern Ireland's young generation.

Said Penny: "We wanted something tangible to remember, not just for Thomas but also for his young friends.

"We want the trust to promote a positive image of young people, as our experiences of Thomas's friends were just that.

"But we also want to highlight the effects and impact of the type of violent attack from which Thomas met his death.

"We have received fantastic support already and we can't thank people enough. We want to see some good come from such a senseless waste of life."

The Trust Fund will commission a sculpture which will be a visual metaphor for the futility of violence as well as for the hopes, aspirations and ambitions of Thomas's friends.

It will also engage in other activities specifically targeted at young people and focused on the arts and music.

The site, which includes details of the £10,000 reward offered by Sunday Life for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killers, has also been launched to raise awareness about violent acts against young people.

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