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Girls due in court his murder; Teenagers, 16 and 18, accused.

Byline: SARAH SCOTT

SITTING in the sunshine - this is the man stabbed to death in a knife attack.

Today, as the first picture of Christopher Chapman was released, two teenage girls were due in court charged with his murder.

Megan Hope, 18, of Rosalind Street in Ashington, Northumberland, and a 16-year-old from Blyth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were due before South East Northumberland magistrates today charged with his murder.

Grieving pals have today paid tribute to the fun-loving and popular 24-year-old who tragically lost his life.

Christopher, known best as Chappy to family and friends, died in the early hours of Tuesday following a knife attack outside the Windmill Grove flats in Cowpen, Blyth.

Now in his memory, some of his closest pals are dedicating a local club night to the young lad who friends say was "one of a kind".

Devastated friend Bobby Regan, 23, of Cramlington, has dedicated The Big Bounce at Nikhs Nightclub tomorrow night as a special send-off event.

"I grew up with Chris, I have known him all my life. It is pure shock, a good mate of mine was there and he is in bits," said Bobby.

The night will allow friends and family to unite in their shock and grief to remember Chris on a night that will be filled with the type of music the he loved, MC and DJing.

"He loved that type of music. He was a great friend, very loyal and good craic. He was a mint lad all round and got on with everyone," Bobby added.

Messages for the former Cramlington High School pupil flooded in on social networking site Facebook as a tribute group was set up.

Pal Dean Ellis, 23, of Cramlington, who grew up with Chris, said: "I'm gutted. He was a top lad, always up for a laugh. When I heard I went on Facebook and I could not believe it was real."

"No words can describe how much it's hurt and how it's come as a surprise, but just to say he was the top lad in all of our eyes."

David Jackson and his partner Kendal Muir, both of Cramlington, left the message: "Rest in peace Chappy mate. You will always be missed, I will never forget the good old times. You were one of a kind, devastated you are gone but there will always be a place in my heart for you."

Floral tributes continue to be left for Chris.

Paul Cooper, 22, of High Pit in Cramlington, said: "He was probably one of the nicest lads I have ever known, one of the most genuine.

He would do anything for anyone."

Condolences Leave a tribute to Christopher at: www.chroniclelive.co.uk

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Date:Apr 21, 2011
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