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DEVASTATED; Grief-hit mum spends two days in son's bed after he is knifed to death.

Byline: By Keith McLeod

THE mother of schoolboy stab victim Darren Pyper is so distraught that she has spent the last two days lying on his bed.

Margo, 36, hasn't been able to bring herself to leave her son's room since his death on Wednesday.

Last night, a family friend said: "She has spent all of the time lying on his bed. "She just wants to be close to him. It is one of the most heartbreaking things you can ever imagine.

"To say she is distraught is an understatement. Her family and friends are rallying around her but it has not been easy."

Darren, 14, lived with Margo, her fiance and his half-brother Ryan, three, in Greenock. Margo, who works in a carpet shop in the town, separated from Darren's dad Brian some years ago.

Their son was killed after going to his friend Scott McArthur's house in Gourock for his tea and to watch the Rangers Champions League match on TV.

Before the match started, Darren was innocently caught up in a knife attack which left four others injured. Scott, 14, was released from hospital on Thursday.

His parents Lesley and Stewart were in a stable condition in Inverclyde Royal Hospital in Greenock last night.

Willie Brown, 64, who lives above the McArthurs in a tenement on Albert Road, was in a serious condition.

Witnesses said there had been a feud between neighbours and threats had been made to theMcArthur family.

Yesterday, Darren's father Brian, 44, said: "I always warned him about the dangers of people carrying knives. I told him to run a mile but he said he would stand up to someone wielding a knife.

"I don't know what happened on Wednesday. When Darren was fatally stabbed, I was fatally stabbed. Life is over."

Brian and his two brothers inherited their father Hugh's flooring business HG Pyper when he died in February.

Police are following a positive line of inquiry.


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 22, 2007
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