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  • 20 February 2014, 0:26

Teen Stabbed To Death 'Met Internet Friend'

A 14-year-old boy who was stabbed to death had left home two days earlier to meet a man he had been talking to over the internet, it has been claimed.

Breck Bednar, from Caterham, Surrey, was found with a wound to the neck in a flat in Grays, Essex, on Tuesday.

A person claiming to be his cousin posted a message on Facebook saying Breck had gone on to the web after struggling to make friends.

The teenager was described as an "incredibly smart, funny and cute" boy who "turned to his computer and the internet for entertainment".

The Facebook message said: "He ended up meeting someone who he thought wanted to be his friend."

It claimed: "Breck told his father he was going to his friend's house for a sleepover a couple of streets away. This wasn't a huge concern for his parents.

"He ended up taking a train down to Essex, about two hours away, to meet the man he had been talking to over the internet."

Essex Police said it was aware of the post but refused to comment on the circumstances surrounding the killing.

The post's author said they wanted to highlight the threat to children on the internet.

Lewis Daynes, 18, from Grays, has been charged with murder and remanded in custody.

He will appear atChelmsford Crown Court on Thursday.

Breck's parents, Barry Bednar and Lorin LaFave, are being supported by family liaison officers.

Anyone with information should contact Essex Police on 101.

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