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We'll never forget you; HIT-AND-RUN: City school's headteacher plans assembly to commemorate 14-year-old victim Justin.

Byline: By Neil Elkes and Adam Smith

CLASSMATES of tragic hit-and-run teenager Justin Murphy will hold a special assembly and prayers in his memory when they go back to school next week.

His friends return to Cardinal Wiseman RC Technology College, in Kingstanding, on Wednesday for the first time since Justin was killed.

On Friday, July 21, after leaving school for the summer break, the 14-year-old was run down in nearby Hurlingham Road.

Head teacher Martin Jones, in a message sent to pupils and parents, has promised a fitting tribute to the popular boy.

Mr Jones said: "This terrible incident was witnessed by a number of people including some of our pupils.

"By chance, I arrived at the scene shortly after it happened. Dreadful incidents such as this happen in life from time to time that can be impossible to understand and accept.

"Justin was an extremely popular pupil, a young man that any parent would be proud to call their son.

"The outpouring of grief and compassion from the local community clearly reflected this."

In her first full interview since the accident, Justin's mother has thanked Birmingham Mail readers and the people of Kingstanding for their touching messages of support.

She said: "So many people have done so many things to try to help my family and it has been overwhelming to tell you the truth.

"There is no way I could thank everyone individually because the number runs into thousands and there is a lot of things I'm probably not even aware of."

There have been a string of memorial events, including several charity football matches, and internet message boards, including the Birmingham Mail's, have been flooded with tributes.

Teresa and Justin's dad, Justin Chilton, now have tattos of him.

Darren Bardsley, 32, of no fixed address, has been remanded in custody by magistrates, charged with causing Justin's death by dangerous driving.

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TRIBUTE... head Martin Jones' TREASURED MEMORIES... schoolboy Justin Murphy, from Kingstanding, whose hit-and-run death shocked the whole city.
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