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School pays tribute to 'exceptional athlete' Rio Andrew, 15, who died after illegal rave in Croydon

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A SCHOOL has paid tribute to a 15-year-old boy who died after attending an illegal rave in Croydon. Rio Andrew, from west London, died in hospital yesterday after drinking from a bottle of beer containing ketamine during Saturday night's event, the Advertiser understands. He was an accomplished athlete, especially in the shot put, and was selected by the Jamaican national team during the Lonodon 2012 Olympics to be part of their guard of honour. Holland Park School, in Kensington, described Rio as an "exceptional athlete" who was about to receive an award in recognition of his talent. A statement on its website, published today (Tuesday), said: "The school wishes to acknowledge the tragic death of Rio Andrew, a Year 10 student who joined the school some eight months ago, following his attendance at the much reported event of Saturday evening at a disused post office in Croydon. "Students and staff at the school deeply regret this sad loss of a much respected student. "Rio was an able scholar, destined for academic success. "He was also an exceptional sportsman and due to be awarded this Friday, a prestigious sports award. "The school wishes to send its collective sympathies and respect to all of Rio's family and friends. "He will be greatly missed by the school community." A 19-year-old, who is understood to have drank from the same bottle, remains in a stable condition in hospital.

School pays tribute to 'exceptional athlete' Rio Andrew, 15, who died after illegal rave in Croydon


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