THE young rapper behind a tribute video to Connor Tremble has said he and his friends have found comfort in music – as a second man appeared in court in relation to the killing.
Teenager Marley Ward performed a freestyle rap earlier this week outside the Oxford flat where 17-year-old Connor was attacked.
Kidlington villager Marley, also 17, said Connor had been a fan of grime and hiphop.
His video tribute to his friend last night had been seen more than 5,000 times online.
Connor was attacked in his flat in Fairacres Road, Iffley Fields on Thursday last week and died of his injuries at the John Radcliffe Hospital on Saturday.
William Blencowe, of Oxford Road in Banbury, has been charged with Connor’s murder. The 20-year-old, of Oxford Road in Banbury, has twice appeared in court this week and has been remanded in custody.
The second man to be charged – Grant Clemens – appeared yesterday at Oxford Magistrates’ Court accused of assisting an offender.
Clemens, of Stockwells, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, is accused of providing clothes to Blencowe to impede the prosecution.
The 23-year-old has been remanded in custody to appear at Oxford Crown Court next Friday morning.
The tribute video was recorded on Tuesday evening when about 30 friends gathered outside Connor’s flat to hear the rap tribute from Marley – who performs under the name Young Spide.
Marley said: “Everyone wanted to show their respects to him because no-one got to say goodbye to him. I saw him a week before. The next thing I knew he was gone.
“It has affected us more because we are so young and because it was a physical death. It has affected me a hell of a lot. We all feel different because he is not here.”
The vocalist said the video had been well received.
He said: “Lots of people have been messaging me. My inbox is crammed with the hundreds of people messaging me. His mum (Lisa Tremble) messaged me saying thanks and that she appreciated it.”
YouTube user Sophie Haines said: “That was a wonderful tribute. It was beautiful, touching, heart wrenching and sincere. It brought tears to my eyes.”
Marley said he has now been asked to perform at a fundraiser which will see cash collected to build a memorial bench for Connor.