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'He was like a precious stone – a credit to us'

TRAGIC: 18-year-old Theo Mensah died in a tragic car accident

THE FAMILY of the 18-year-old who died in a tragic car accident on Friday (Oct 28) have paid tribute to the ‘loving and caring’ teen.

Theo Mensah was killed instantly when a vehicle he was a passenger in veered off the motorway in Welwyn, Hertfordshire.

The college student, who lived with his parents and nine-year-old sister Deborah in Tottenham, north London, was studying for his A Levels in Maths, English and BTec in sports with hopes of attending university next year.

"Theo was our only son and we were always so proud of him. He was a very loving, caring young man, who was always there for people ­ whether they were family or friends. He was also a very talented and promising footballer who wanted to use that skill for good in our community," his parents, Nana and Veronica said.

"He was like a precious stone. He worked so hard at school and was very intelligent, a credit to us. He was also jovial, liked making jokes and was a bit of a rascal in his own way."

"He will be greatly missed by everyone who knows him ­ friends and family members. Many have already taken the time to visit us and pay their respects. We would like to thank everyone for their support during this time," the tribute continued.

The teen, who was an avid fan of Arsenal, is said to have enjoyed working with children and young people, helping them stay out of gangs.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing and the police are appealing to any witnesses, who have not already contacted them, to come forward.

Witnesses are asked to call the non-emergency number 101 with any information.

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