Friends rally around Sheffield murder victim’s family

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Friends of young Sheffield murder victim Joe Walker are holding a football tournament in his honour.

More than 50 pals will take part in the five-a-side contest in Norfolk Park tomorrow to help raise money for the 23-year-old’s family.

Joe, of Hollybank Close, Intake, died from a single stab wound after an attack on Raynald Road, Manor, two weeks ago today.

The popular Blades fan also inspired dozens of friends to sell 100 T-shirts bearing his photograph and organise a fundraising night at the Hollin Bush pub in Intake last weekend.

More than £5,000 was raised in a single evening and will be used to help pay for Joe’s funeral.

A date has not yet been set for the service.

Boxer Scott Jenkins, one of Joe’s closest friends, said he had ordered more T-shirts from his sponsor Pow UK to meet demand.

He said: “It was an unbelievable night.

“The pub was completely packed, they set up a canopy outside and all the beer garden was full too – it was just a brilliant turnout.

“We sold all the T-shirts and we’ve picked up some extra to sell at the pub, because people have been asking about them.”

A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has appeared in court charged with Joe’s murder.

A 21-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl were arrested and have been bailed by police.