Barnsley schoolfriends plan reunion in memory of pal killed fighting ISIS in Syria

Kurdish fighters and foreign volunteers fighting together against the the Islamic State group.  (AP Photo courtesy Jordan Matson)
Kurdish fighters and foreign volunteers fighting together against the the Islamic State group. (AP Photo courtesy Jordan Matson)
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Schoolfriends of the former Royal Marine from Barnsley killed fighting against Islamic State in Syria plan to organise a reunion event in his memory.

Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, aged 25, from Royston, was shot dead fighting alongside Kurdish forces after quitting the British military.

He was said to have been ‘horrified by the atrocities being carried out by Isis’.

Former friends from his time at Royston High School said they are struggling to reconcile the reports of his front-line fighting in Syria with the laid-back, drama-loving teenager they knew.

Emma Hyman, 24, said: “He was definitely a bit of an extrovert and he wanted to be a actor.

“He was such a people-person and when he went into the forces it was a big surprise. He wasn’t a fighter. He didn’t get into any fights at school. It’s a bit of a mystery because he didn’t show interest in those kind of things at all at school.

“You put people in groups - certain things they might do with their lives and I would never have had him down as a soldier.”

She said Mr Scurfield, who was known as Kosta at school, was a bright, popular student.

“Everybody loved him because he was a real character,” she added.

“He was one of those people who you couldn’t find anything negative at all to say about him. He was friendly and funny and really laid back. He had such a cheeky smile.

“He got on with everybody. That’s why it’s such a shock for us all.”

“We’re trying to organise something so we can all get together and remember him. It’s at the early stages at the moment. It’s a shame we are going to all come together in these circumstances.”

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