Heartbroken family pay tribute to ‘loveable rogue with a heart of gold’ stabbed to death in Newham

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Devastated friends and family gathered to pay tribute to a local man with a ‘heart of gold’ stabbed to death in Newham.

Steven Fry, 33, who often went by the nickname Bevan, died at a house on Ringlet Close, Custom House, after being stabbed in the early hours of Friday (September 10).

Emergency services were called at around 3am but couldn’t save him.

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Reports suggest a gathering was happening at the flat when the stabbing happened.

On Saturday evening around 30 friends and family gathered at a vigil to their loved one, laying flowers and reminiscing.

Flowers left at the scene of the fatal stabbing of Steven Fry the following day

Warren Fry, his older brother, told My London: “He was my baby brother. We always teased him that he was the runt of the litter.

“He was a bad boy but always got away with it – except this time he didn’t.

“If you say Bevan Fry from Canning Town, everyone you spoke to would say he had a heart of gold, and he did.

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“He’d put friends and family first before himself, most of the time.”

Steven grew up in tightknit family round the corner on Leslie Road from where he was killed.

He was known as man who loved a party and among the flowers were bottles of booze, some empty, left in tribute.

Forensics at work on Ringlet Close

Warren continued: “It’s still not hit me. Even now I don’t believe it.

“Unfortunately in London you see this too often. Especially this road, Freemasons Road. It’s rife with knife crime.”

Police arrested a 43-year-old woman on suspicion of murder but My London understands she has since been bailed.

Carly Fry, Steven’s sister, 31, told My London about the story behind his nickname.

She said: “There’s a girl who’s one of his closest friends, Nancy. She had a lisp and she couldn’t say Steven. So she said Bevan.

“It stuck. The family don’t call him that but the everyone else does.

“We called him ‘Little Steven’ even though he was a tall guy. It’s because his dad is also called Stephen.

Tributes building up at the cordon

“The best way of describing him is a loveable rogue. He wasn’t perfect, he did things he shouldn’t have done but everyone that meets him thinks he’s got a heart of gold.

“He once saw an old lady get robbed so he robbed the people who did it and gave the stuff back to her.

“When you spoke to him he’d just light up the room.

“He one of my favourite people. Even I hadn’t seen him for a week he’d give me the biggest hug. I’d be so happy to see him.

“I work with young offenders round the corner. His troubles when he was a teenager inspired me. He’s the reason I try and help other people.”

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