Tributes to Harley Barfield take over TikTok as classmates mourn ‘pretty boy’

Social media salutes Harley Barfield after a Haverhill teen was stabbed on Monday BBC reports. The student passed away on Wednesday morning.

The community of Haverhill, Suffolk, is mourning Harley Barfield, who died Wednesday after being stabbed shortly after 3pm on Monday (9 January 2023), Sky News reports. The accident occurred in a parking lot near Strasbourg Square.

Barfield was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital for treatment before being transferred to the Royal Papworth Hospital.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested after the altercation and appeared at Ipswich Magistrates Court today (12 January). The teenager, whose name has not been released for legal reasons, has been charged with murder. Suffolk Police reports.

A hearing is set for March 10, with defense minutes due to be heard on March 30, it is reported. Suffolk News. A trial is scheduled for June 19 and is expected to last between two and three weeks.

Two children near the grave. There are a lot of dangerous candles in a row and one of the children is holding a piece of paper on top of the candle. There are some flowers in the background. Photo: Getty Images

TikTok tells Harley Barfield to “fly high” in a heartfelt tribute

Keep Harley’s friends and peers in their thoughts with messages on social media.

“Fly high my brother Harley,” someone commented on TikTok.

He wrote a second: “Fly high sweet boy, you have been forever loved and perfect for every one of us.”

“End knife crime,” else urge. “Harley deserves justice.”

Harley was a student at Stour Valley Community School. Headteacher Rachel Kelly told Suffolk News the whole school was devastated by the loss.

She said: We will miss him with sadness and our thoughts are with his family. He was a natural leader among his peers and was eagerly aspiring to start a career in the construction industry after GCSE.

“Harley was a very family-oriented young man who showed a great deal of concern and affection towards his parents and close friends.”

GoFundMe launched for Harley

The GoFundMe was set up on Wednesday night by a local collaborator. They do not know the Barfield family personally but claim they had permission from Harley’s parents.

“As a mother, I cannot imagine how this family will deal with this tragedy. No mother should expect to have to bury her child,” they wrote.

In less than 24 hours £5,055 had been raised towards a target of £6,000, with a top donation of £500.

You can help the family by making a donation here.

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