BY Hollie-Rae Merrick
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
THE best brother, a loving uncle and caring son.
The devastated family of Christopher Thompson today spoke for the first time of their heartbreak at losing the 35-year-old.
The body of the former Chantry High School pupil was discovered by a dog walker in Chantry Park on Thursday morning, sparking a murder investigation.
A post-mortem examination carried out by Home Office pathologists revealed Mr Thompson, formerly of London Road, had died as a result of strangulation and assault injuries.
Mum Liz Thompson, of London Road, told The Star, Chris – or Billy as he was known – was “the best son anyone could ask for”.
Lauren Patterson, Mr Thompson’s neice, said: “Chrissy was a loving, caring and generous uncle, who would never do wrong by anybody. “He is loved by everyone, for his beautiful personality and I will forever remember him and miss him. He’d do anything for anyone. I love you so much Chrissy.”
n Nephew Merrezze, added: “My uncle Chrissy was a kind-hearted loving man. I had some good and funny times that I’ll never forget. “I’m going to miss him. I hope he’s in a better and safer place. RIP uncle Chrissy.”
n Niece Chantay and great-niece Eshani told The Star: “My uncle Chris was such a loving and caring person, words cannot explain how much he will be missed, he would do anything in his power to help anyone he could. ~ “I’ve just recently had a daughter and by the way he looked at her when he held her for the first time, I knew he was completely in love. Whenever I think of him, I will always remember that moment, I know that he is now in a better life and watching over her, but I would give anything to see him one more time. I love and miss you so much Chris.”
n Robbie and Garf added: “Billy, you were like a brother and much more. You were kind, your opinions we’re always considered, you were honest and honourable. You were, and still are a pillar and continue to give us love, strength and stability. You are not gone and will never be forgotten. We all miss you so much and will live by you. Hell is over Bill and heaven has begun. Can’t wait to see you in the other place, my brother. Love always.”
n Neil, Samuel, Leanne, Kayleigh, Sophie, Luci and Jordan said: “Chrissy, you will be sadly missed by so many people, and that’s for a reason, you had a heart of gold and would do anything for anybody at the drop of a hat. Nothing was ever too much trouble, if I needed your help you were a loyal and trustworthy friend who always showed love and respect to everyone especially my children, who will miss you forever mate. Always remembered, never forgotten.”
“He was kind and would do anything for anyone,” his distraught mum added.
“He had the biggest heart anyone could have.
“I love you and miss you so much – you will always be with me forever.”
Meanwhile his sisters Michelle and Nicci remembered the “best brother anyone could ask for”.
“If you ever needed him for absolutely anything he would be there,” added Michelle. “He would do anything for anyone, and never complained.
“He had the biggest heart of anyone I know. I love and miss him so much and he will never leave my thoughts.”
And little sister Nicci told The Star: “Chris was my beautiful brother.
“He was an amazing man, so kind, generous.
“I loved him so, so much and I can’t begin to say how much I respected him, not only was he my brother, he was the only father figure I ever had. I miss him so much, I can’t even begin to say.”
A man and a woman are today in custody after appearing in court charged with the murder of Mr Thompson, a self-employed groundworker.
Christopher Wilson, 33, and Deanna Stanton, 26, both of no fixed abode, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday charged with murder. They were remanded in custody until their next appearance at the court in Russell Road on February 8.
A 42-year-old man from Ipswich arrested on Thursday in connection with the murder probe has been bailed to return to police on January 8.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the major investigation team at Suffolk police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.