A heartbroken mum has paid tribute to her teenage son after he died in a double stabbing outside a village pub.
Liam Taylor, 19, was knifed during an altercation at the Rose and Crown in Writtle, Essex, at about 8pm on Friday.
Before laying flowers at the scene, his devastated mum, Michelle Taylor, wrote on Facebook: “Can’t even believe my beautiful son has been taking from me.. son u are my world and I know ur be looking down on me.
“Sleep tight my baby boy till we meet again mummy loves u sooooo much.”
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The mum later invited her family and friends to join her at the police cordon to lay flowers on Saturday morning.
She wrote: “At 11 o’clock today myself and my family will be going to lay flowers for my boy everyone else welcoming but please understand I’m so heart broken I can not talk.”
Four men have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
A second stabbing victim survived and was taken to Broomfield Hospital in nearby Chelmsford.
Liam’s grief-stricken ex-girlfriend, Georgia Wicks, 19, left flowers at the scene on Saturday.
Fighting back tears, she paid tribute to the “funny and silly” teen, who she’d remained friends with.
She said: “I found out last night about what happened.
“I spoke with his mum last night, she was completely lost for words as you would expect. It’s so hard to take in at the moment.”
She said Liam, the nearby village of Great Baddow, is survived by two younger siblings.
She added: “He was a funny guy, co caring and always messing around.”
Along with flowers, she left a note reading: “RIP Liam. You will always be in our hearts.
“Too young to die. Love you. Georgia and Conner”.
Heartbroken friends paid tribute to Liam on Facebook, where many referred to him by nicknames “Fish” and “Fishy”.
One wrote: “Rip fish, gone but never forgotten. Everyone will miss you so much. You were so funny and I won’t ever forget the time you threw a bottle at my head instead of the bin and we both laughed about it. So heartbreaking.”
Another friend wrote: “I can’t even describe the feeling I got putting this status up the heart break is real, RIP FISH thank you for all the years of memories always being one of my closest friends for so many years of my life.”
A third added: “R.i.p liam, you are such a loving caring kind hearted soul, always had time for you as you did me!! “
A friend who saw Liam shortly before he died wrote: “Madness just a couple hours before we where havin a laugh at work jumping about with everything to live for!!!! Another Man gone way too soon R.I.P FISH.”
“My boys loved you and will be forever grateful for u looking after him when out and about, gonna miss seeing your handsome face, your gonna be missed by so many, gone but never forgotten, thinking and sending love to all your family and friends at this sad time.”
Local residents told of their shock after finding out about the alleged murder.
Steve Burdge, 63, said: “It’s a nice pub and not the kind of place where you would expect trouble.
“A lot of people go there for meals and it’s not got a rough edge to it.
“This is the kind of thing you’d expect in London but not out here but sadly that looks to be changing.”
An Essex Police spokesperson said: “We were called at 8pm on Friday 31 January with reports two men had been assaulted outside the Rose and Crown pub in The Green, Writtle.
Emergency services attended but sadly one of the men died at the scene.
“The other was taken to hospital for treatment.
“His injuries were not life changing or life threatening.
“Both men had suffered stab wounds.
“Four men have been arrested on suspicion of murder and have been taken into custody for questioning.
“Officers are carrying out enquiries in the area and the road is currently closed while we carry out forensic examinations.
“We’d like to thank members of the public who are assisting with our investigation and ask anyone who has yet to speak to officers to please call 101 quoting incident 1107 of Friday 31 January.”
The Rose and Crown wrote on Facebook: “This has been a tragic and upsetting time for all of us affected by last nights events.
“Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
“I would like to thank the staff, customers and community that in a situation so devastating came together.
“We will be closed today.”
Cllr Marie Goldman, deputy leader of Chelmsford City Council, wrote: “Awful to hear that two males were stabbed in the car park of the Rose & Crown pub, in Writtle, last night.
“Unfortunately, one of the victims has died of his wounds.
“Essex Police have made four arrests in connection with the incident. It is my understanding that the risk to the wider public is believed to be low.”