Olly Stephens Biography — Wiki
Olly Stephens is a boy from Reading who was allegedly stabbed to death in a countryside park as his heartbroken family has spoken of his ‘terrifying’ final few moments desperately trying to get home. Stephens was killed at the beauty spot near his home in Emmer Green in Reading, Berkshire, on Sunday.
Police are investigating whether the teenager, who had autism, was killed with a Samurai sword following reports circulating on social media.
How old was Olly Stephens?
Olly Stephens was 13 years old at the time of death.
Obituary: Olly Stephens Death News
Olly Stephens’ parents, Amanda and Stewart, and older sister Emilia mourned their ‘hilariously funny, charming and beautiful’ loved one in a moving tribute. They also spoke of his likely terror as he fought to get back to his home only 250 yards away and flee his alleged attackers.
A family statement said: ‘In his final moments he must have been terrified. Fighting to get home, he had everything to live for. We now have only memories.’
The family also thanked an off-duty doctor who battled in vain to save his life after he was stabbed to death.
Yesterday, forensic teams searched a house and the victim’s sister vowed to ‘get justice’ following the attack on Sunday afternoon.
According to the Telegraph, reports have circulated on social media that a Samurai sword was used in the attack. Thames Valley Police, who is leading the investigation, said they were unable to confirm or deny the detail as their inquiries were ongoing.
Police are also reportedly examining the Year 8 pupil’s Snapchat messages to ascertain if he was lured to the park just 250 yards from his house.
What we know so far about Olly Stephens
Olly’s parents continued: ‘Oliver was an enigma, having both Autism and suspected Pathological Demand Avoidance he became a challenge we never shied away from.
‘He was hilariously funny, charming and beautiful. He could get his own way with a wry smile and a cheeky grin.
‘He always stood his ground and fought for the underdog whilst having an amazing depth of love, warmth and wit.
‘In his final moments, he must have been terrified. Fighting to get home, he had everything to live for. We now have only memories.’
‘An Olly sized hole has been left in our hearts. Gentle shoulder charge, love ya mate XXX.’
His 16-year-old sister Emilia added on Instagram: ‘I’m so sorry I failed you, I wish I could have saved you from it all. We will get justice for you my angel.’
Officers were called just before 4 pm on Sunday following reports of a stabbing in Bugs Bottom fields in Emmer Green, two miles north of Reading city center. Witnesses said passers-by desperately tried to revive Olly while they waited for paramedics. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Olly Stephens GoFundMe
Please donate if you can to help give Olly the send off that he deserves to show how loved he is. My daughter’s friend, pointlessly taken way too soon. Just 13. He will be so sadly missed. 💔
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— Keeley Shaw (@kee03shaw) January 4, 2021
The park is only 250 yards from the £670,000 home Olly shared with his sister, mother Amanda, who works in HR, and father Stuart, both aged 51. Parents outside Highdown School, where Olly had been due to rejoin his classmates tomorrow morning, described the killing as ‘utterly senseless’.
Matt Rodda, Labour MP for Reading East, said: ‘This is a very quiet area, a suburban area on the edge of town and typically on a Sunday afternoon when the incident happened, you would have a lot of families, people walking their dogs in this country park, a well-known beauty spot which is very quiet and pleasant.’
One man, who declined to give his name, said his wife was walking their dog through the park when she saw a boy on the ground with several people gathered around. They were trying to give him first aid and the boy’s face was ‘very white’, his wife told him.
Detective Superintendent Kevin Brown of Thames Valley Police said: ‘This remains a very active investigation and a large scene-watch remains in place.
Officers have arrested a girl and four boys aged 13 and 14 on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.