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'Tribute' book isset up for tragic teenager Jonny.

Byline: By Gerry Holt and Gemma Williams South Wales Echo

A book of condolence is being collected for the family of hockey star Jonny Hiles who died after being attacked at a Greek nightclub. Paola Browne, chairman of the British Inline Puck Hockey Association (Bipha), is collecting the tributes as part of a condolence book for the teenager's family, from Llandaff North, Cardiff. Any tributes which appear in the Echo will go in the book. Mr Browne said: "The whole hockey community is in shock with this tragedy. He was one of the most talented and well-liked players in the region and gave so much to the sport and the community.

"He will be greatly missed."

Yesterday Jonny's five friends flew home after spending the week helping police hunt for his attacker.

Jason Mordecai, 19, Christopher Paglionico, 19, Lee Burgess, 19, Mark O'Gorman, 18, and Robert Hares, 19, spent every waking hour trawling nightspots in the Greek island of Zante in the hope they might spot the man who attacked their friend.

After arriving home Jason's mother, Susan, said: "They're all a bit shell-shocked."

Today, police again refused to confirm if they had arrested anyone over Jonny's manslaughter.

Scores of friends, family and team mates have been remembering the gifted hockey player, who died a day before his 19th birthday.

A group set up on popular networking website Facebook for friends to leave stories and pictures of the popular 18-year-old already has 286 members.

On the Echo's own website, scores of pals have also been logging on to remember him.

Debbie Stothert, from Llandaff North, Cardiff, said: "I was so shocked to hear of the death of Jonathan. It has shaken me to the core. Although I hadn't seen him or his parents for a while, I remember fondly the little boy who would come to tea with my son Jordan. They were actually out in town together a few weeks ago and Jordi took a photo of them both on his phone. This should never have happened to such a wonderful young man." Jodie Hollyman, a friend of Jonny's at Whitchurch High School, Cardiff, said: "The boys in Zante with him cannot blame themselves for any of this. They are amazing guys. "Jon was so carefree and fun loving." Katie Bernard, 20, who worked at Tesco Extra in Western Avenue, Cardiff, with Jonny, said: "He was lovely. "He was a genuinely happy person and always smiling. "He was very easy to speak to and we had a good friendship.": YOUR TRIBUTES:Devastated to hear youre gone. Still, hasnt sunk in. Why does it always happen to the good guys? Im glad that I met you, you will always be in my thoughts. Ill never forget you. My heart goes out to all the family. Love always Lorna x Lorna, Llandaff North, Cardiff. Cant believe youve gone so quick. Ive known you since nursery and you were such a harmless person. Going to miss you so much. RIP. Hayley Edwards, Gabalfa, Cardiff. Jon, never really knew you but we played together years back. Saddened to hear the news. Thoughts are with all the family, and all involved. Matt Rose

Jon you were a good person and we had some great times on the ice (and off). I cant believe youre gone. Thinking of you and your family. Rest in Peace. Michael

Michael De Keyser, Cardiff

Jon, Although the last time we played each other we had a slight disagreement on the pad thats not to say you were a LEGEND loved by myself and many people. You were a pleasure to watch, such a talented player. I never forget the time you scored a slap shot from your own goal line in Rotherham against Wigan in the Nationals 07. That Was Awesome. You Will Never Be Forgotten!

Josh Jefferies

Our thoughts are with Denzil and Perin and family. It was always a pleasure to coach, ref and play with Jonathon. He will be sadly missed. Thinking of you. Sean, Allison, Shane and Scott.

The Lewis Family, Caerphilly. Jon, All I can say is thanks for all the good memories we had together playing with you. It was always a pleasure, always motivating everyone else with so much passion. Im sure youll be the best player in heaven. All my best to your family RIP Jon, love Jamie x Jamie Pennie, Cardiff.
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Date:Jul 27, 2007
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