Connor Brown murder: 'He's one of our own' and 'Sunderland did him proud': 18 things you said about Stadium of Light tribute to tragic teenager
Sunderland fans remembered one of their own at yesterday's match v Plymouth Argyle, staging an emotional tribute to murdered teenager Connor Brown.
The 18-year-old died after being stabbed in a back lane near The Borough pub in Vince Place in the early hours of last Sunday, after a night out with friends.
As two men were charged with his killing, the city has poured out its grief for a popular young man who could 'light up a room with his smile'.
A poignant shrine featuring flowers and other tributes has grown near the scene of the tragedy, while a Go Fund Me page has raised thousands of pounds to help Connor's family.
Yesterday it was the turn of fellow fans of Connor's beloved Sunderland AFC to pay their respects - and how they responded.
A crowd of 32,360 rose to their feet and applauded in the 18th minute of the game, and the players did their bit too, winning 2-0 to stay in the race for an automatic promotion place.
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Here's what Echo readers said about the minute's applause at the Stadium of Light:
Gavin Brown: "People can see what the city of Sunderland is like, how everyone comes together in a moment of grief to support anyone who needs it."
Rachel Usher: "Connor Brown, one of our own. Fans sounded amazing and it was heartbreaking to hear. The win was for you."
Celia Domenech: "Well done Sunderland fans, exactly what we always get from the best fans in the world. R.I.P. Connor. Heartbreaking."
Jennifer Davison: "What a lovely tribute. Well done everyone and well done Sunderland for the lovely tribute on the scoreboards."
Christine Larkin: "Sunderland fans did him proud, the noise was amazing. R.I.P. Connor."
Judy Usher: "Didn’t know him but eyes are leaking like a bath tap watching this! R.I.P. bonnie lad."
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Alex Brown: "Sunderland did him proud."
Deb Ireland: "Heartbreaking, but the stadium and his friends done him proud."
Josh Dixon: "Even the Plymouth fans joined in, that’s what made it even better."
Alexandra Kellett: "It was an emotional moment. I didn't know the lad, but I still had tears in me eyes. He was clearly a lovely lad and his family and friends have done him proud."
Courtnie Louise Kerr: "Beautiful and absolutely proud to be a part of a city that can come together at such an awful time. Rest in peace Connor."
Kelly Drewett: "Totally amazing. Proud to be a red and white supporter. Always come together at times like this. R.I.P. Connor Brown."
Clare Neesham: "Well done Sunderland, absolutely heartbreaking circumstances, but we should all be truly proud to see how our community has come together for Connor and his family."
Sam Walker: "Rest in peace Connor. If only you could see all this for you - how much you were loved. My heart breaks."
Dorothy Clark: "Hopefully Connors family will find peace way in the future knowing how much ordinary people cared xxxx
Karen Dawson: "Amazing support from wonderful Sunderland people."
Joan Marghani: "Sunderland at its best."
Graeme Liddle: "His mates at the match in the south stand done him proud with his flags and the SOL responded, chanting his name. R.I.P. young man."