The family of a former Lampton School pupil set alight outside his family home say his death has left a 'big empty space' in their lives.

Charles Davies died last Thursday night, nearly two weeks after being doused with liquid and left to burn in Templedene Avenue, Staines.

The 23-year-old studied at Lampton School in Lampton Avenue, Hounslow, between 1995 and 2002 and worked at Tesco in Syon Lane, Osterley after leaving university.

His family said: “Charlie was a joy to be around and was loved by all who knew him. He had a fun-loving and outgoing personality, enjoyed socialising and meeting new people. He had a caring nature and always had time for anyone. He lived life to the full and would always try to make everyone laugh.
 
“Charlie had worked for the same company since he was sixteen; working part-time while he was still at school. He had made many close friendships both at school and at work. His manager described him as a well-liked, enthusiastic and much-valued member of the company, who will be greatly missed.
 
“We would like to thank the neighbours who tried to help Charlie on that Saturday night and those who have left cards and flowers since.
 
“As a family we were blessed to have had Charlie in our lives and now there is a big empty space. His friends and colleagues feel the same. He will always be remembered as happy, smiling Charlie who had a big heart and always looked forward to tomorrow.”

Nadim Kurrimbukus, of Heath Road, Hounslow, has been charged with Mr Davies' murder. The 24-year-old is due to appear at Kingston Crown Court on Monday.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Crimestoppers, free and anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

For more local tributes to Charlie see this week's Chronicle, out on Thursday.