TRIBUTES have flooded in for stabbed teenager Jordan Cooper.
The Year Nine Biddick Comprehensive pupil, of Newriggs, Fatfield, died of multiple stab wounds at the home where he lived with his grandmother.
Flowers, his favourite chocolates and a football shirt were laid in tribute to Jordan outside the house and tributes were led by Biddick headteacher Richard Wilkinson, pictured, who said the school had been proud to call him a pupil.
More than 1,000 friends and classmates joined a special tribute page on Facebook to remember the much-missed teenager.
Many of Jordan’s classmates were in tears yesterday and a handwritten note with a heart and the words “Jordan’s seat” were put over the back of his chair.
Some childen had to go home early and scores wrote heartfelt messages online.
Mr Wilkinson added the school’s own tribute. Speaking outside the school, Mr Wilkinson said: “Jordan was a very popular student who had a wicked sense of humour. He was a real character with heart of gold. He had a tough exterior, but was soft on the inside. We are proud to have had him as a member of our school family.
“He was a very popular boy and I would have been proud to have him as a member of my own family.”
Mr Wilkinson said the whole school extended its condolences to Jordan’s family and revealed that support structures had been put in place to help his friends.
Acting Supt Carol Parkes, from Sunderland Area Command, said: “This was an isolated incident that happened inside the house.
“Extra police officers and community support officers will be on patrol in the area over the next couple of days to answer any concerns members of the community have and local residents can contact Washington Neighbourhood Policing Team.”
Anyone with any information about the incident should call 03456 043 043.
* Alan Cooper, 31, of Newriggs, Washington, was due to appear before magistrates today charged with the murder of Jordan Cooper.