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Kingsbridge Alex Peguero murder: Tributes paid

Alex Peguero-Sosa Image copyright Plymouth Argyle
Image caption Alex Peguero-Sosa died from his injuries at about 02:20 on Sunday

Friends and family of a 17-year-old boy killed after an altercation at a taxi rank have paid tribute to the popular schoolboy with a "cheeky smile".

A 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after Alex Peguero-Sosa from Aveton Gifford, Devon, died on Sunday.

The Kingsbridge Community College sixth form student was left with serious head injuries earlier that day at a taxi rank in Kingsbridge.

Flowers have been left at the scene.

Members of the public had performed CPR before paramedics arrived, but the teenager was later confirmed dead at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

The arrested man, also from the Kingsbridge area, was found by police in Fore Street in the town at 09:40 BST on Sunday.

He remains in custody at Torquay police station.

Image caption The area has been closed off while police investigate

'Much loved'

Mr Peguero-Sosa's father Alexis wrote on Facebook: "So cruelly... some selfish person took the life of my handsome son. I love you son with all my heart forever your heartbroken dad xxx."

Local MP Dr Sarah Wollaston tweeted: "Deepest sympathies & thoughts with the family & friends of Alex Peguero-Sosa & all from Kingsbridge coming to terms with his loss."

Roger Pope, principal at Kingsbridge Community College, said the pupil, a former Plymouth Argyle youth player, was a "much loved and popular member" of the school.

He said: "Alex was a really charismatic guy; he was lively, he had a great sense of fun, a great sense of mischief and not surprisingly he was really popular with his friends. He was very much loved and a very well-liked member of our college."

Image caption Principal Roger Pope said Alex Peguero-Sosa was "sparky, lively, with a great sense of humour"

School friend Denise Allen, speaking from the scene where flowers and messages have been left, said: "He was a really nice guy, No-one had anything bad to say about him."

Supt Chris Eastwood of Kingsbridge Police said: "This is a very difficult time for all concerned and our deepest sympathy goes out to Alex's family and friends.

"The community is understandably in shock and coming to terms with this incident which is very rare in Kingsbridge."

Image caption Floral tributes have been left remembering the life of Alex Peguero-Sosa

A spokesman for Plymouth Argyle said Mr Peguero-Sosa was released from the club last summer.

The town's mayor, Wayne Grills, said Kingsbridge was a very small community and the teenager was well known and liked.

He said on Sunday the town was "in a state of shock".

He added: "It has been decades since the last event of this kind. It is a close-knit community and this is very unusual."

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