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‘People won’t forget him’- tributes to 20-year-old Norfolk law student

PUBLISHED: 13:21 17 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:17 18 October 2018

Jess Fairweather, left, with his brother Sam, on Cromer Pier. Picture: COURTESY OF SAM FAIRWEATHER

Jess Fairweather, left, with his brother Sam, on Cromer Pier. Picture: COURTESY OF SAM FAIRWEATHER

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Tributes have been paid to a student known for his lovely nature and sense of humour.

Jess Fairweather, a first year law student at the University of East Anglia, was found dead in his room at the Norwich campus on October 11.

His brother, Sam Fairweather, said Jess would live on in the hearts of his friends and family.

He said: “People that know Jess won’t forget him. They know what he meant to us and he made a lasting impression on everybody he met.”

Jess grew up in North Walsham and was originally from Cromer. He had only been at UEA for a couple of weeks when he died.

Ray Green, founder of the Walsham Warriors badminton club, said he was shocked and saddened by Jess’s death.

Mr Green said Jess had played with the club for a couple of years.

He said he was well-liked and had a great sense of humour.

Mr Green said: “It’s a huge shock to the club. Everybody knew him and everybody liked him. He will be very much missed.

“The last I had heard from him was that he was looking forward to the end of term at UEA so he could come back and get into playing badminton again.”

Mr Green said Jess had worked his way up from being a badminton novice to a competent player.

He said: “He was really improving, and it got to the point where he was competing with some of the club’s better players.”

Paul Leaver, a teacher at North Walsham High School, which Jess attended from years seven-11, said he was a quiet and well-behaved boy, but he faced personal challenges in his time at the school.

Mr Leaver said: “He was a good lad. We’re completely shocked, it’s a real shame. From the school’s perspective our thoughts are with his family.”

Jess also attended North Walsham’s Paston College.

A statement from UEA said: “He stood out as a student who was engaging, very bright and was making a real contribution both academically and as a member of the student Law Society.

“He had made a number of friends in the short time he was at UEA and his loss is felt across the school of law and the rest of the university.”

An inquest into Jess’s death opened at Norfolk Coroner’s Court on Wednesday, and will continue on January 11.

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