Connor Brown probe: Inquest due to be held into 18-year-old Sunderland man’s death

The inquest of murder victim Connor Brown is due to open this week.

Sunday, 24th March 2019, 2:04 pm
Updated Sunday, 24th March 2019, 2:08 pm
Connor Brown.

The 18-year-old former Farringdon Academy student and amateur boxer died in hospital after he was stabbed in lane at the rear of The Borough pub in Sunderland city centre in the early hours of Sunday, February 24.

On Thursday morning, an inquest into Connor’s death is due to be opened by Newcastle’s coroner’s court at Newcastle Civic Centre.

Connor Brown.

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It is expected the hearing will be adjourned to a later date.

Connor’s death shocked the city, with a GoFundMe page set up to support his family now standing at more than £29,000.

Connor Brown murder: Online fund tops £20,000 as donations pour in for family of Sunderland teenagerFundraising events, including a football match and a collection outside the Stadium of Light before a home game, was followed by a boxing event held at the Roker Hotel on Saturday night.

A Dance 4 Connor night will be held this Friday at Illusions and Detroit.

The cortege arriving at Sunderland Crematorium for the service of Connor Brown.

Last week, hundreds turned out to pay their final respects to Connor, who was a member of the reception team at the Happy House Surgery in Durham Road.

People were invited to wear his favourite colour, red, with the Sunderland AFC badge and the team’s colours draped over the horses as they drew a carriage to Sunderland Crematorium.

Connor Brown murder: Hundreds attend funeral to say farewell to popular Sunderland teenageConnor was laid to rest at Grangetown Cemetery, with celebrations of his life held at The Scullery in Silksworth and The Dophin in Farringdon.

Connor Brown murder: ‘Sunderland is with you’ - messages of sympathy for teenager and his family on day of funeralIn a tribute issued by his family they said: “Without the kindness shown by people, we would have crumbled.

Teams filing out ahead of a match held at Silksworth CW held in memory of Connor Brown.

“The community have really kept us going.”

* Leighton Barrass, 20, of Hartside Square, and Ally Gordon, 19, of Polmuir Road, both Sunderland, are both charged with Connor’s murder.

Gordon faces a separate charge of possession of a bladed article.

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