TRIBUTES have been paid to a 'kind, sensitive and intelligent man' from Rickmansworth who was killed after being struck by a train.
Matthew Cassar, of Money Hill Road, was last seen at home on Friday, April 16.
On the same afternoon, police found his body at Northwick Park Tube station, in north London.
The 21-year-old was reported missing last Monday (21). A post mortem later revealed he died as a result of head injuries.
In a statement, Matthew's parents Susan and John said: "It is with the deepest regret we announce Matthew’s passing away and would like to say how overwhelmed we have been by the kindness shown by so many people at this sad and difficult time.
"Matthew was a kind, sensitive and intelligent man who loved debate, film and music, as well as socialising with friends.
"He cared greatly for other people and we only wish he had found the same compassion for himself.
"As his parents, we are deeply grateful for having had Matthew to share our lives with for the last 21 years. He meant everything to us. He will always be loved and missed by his family and friends."
The second of three brothers, Matthew attended St Joan of Arc Primary School in High Street, Rickmansworth, before studying a national diploma in media (moving image) at West Herts College in Watford, achieving a triple distinction.
He progressed to a foundation degree in media production at the college, which he completed last June.
College tutor Ian Bell, who taught Mr Cassar during the diploma, said: "It was with sadness that we heard of Matt's death.
"He is remembered as someone who had a rare mixture of all the qualities we look for – enthusiasm, friendliness, ability and creativity, which were all manifested during his time at the college in his passion for his studies, technical skills, imagination and co-operative approach to working with others."
Fellow college tutor Rosemary Boateng said: "Matt showed himself to be a film maker of passion and honesty who was always willing to give of himself and his time.
"He was a talented, gifted young man whose caustic wit and commitment to excellence will be missed by all."
Family friend Naomi Laidler, of High Wycombe, added: "My family have known Matthew's for the past 23 years.
"He was such a nice young lad who was very polite and willing to help others – this has come as a massive shock to everyone who knew him."
British Transport Police (BTP) officers, together with the London Fire Brigade, paramedics from the London Ambulance Service and the air ambulance, attended the tube station after the tragedy.
Jenny Dickens, a spokesperson for BTP, confirmed Mr Cassar died after being struck by a northbound Metropolitan line train.
Ms Dickens said: "The incident was reported to police at 1.50pm and is being treated as non-suspicious."
An inquest into Matthew's death has since been opened and adjourned, and will take place in November in front of a jury.
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