February 21, 2014

Breck Bednar - a murder victim in England

Breck Bednar
Breck Bednar, age 14, of Caterham, Surrey, died on February 16, 2014, at an apartment house in Grays, Essex, England.

Breck told his parents he was going to spend the night at a friend's house a few streets away. Instead, he travelled 30 miles to meet an 18 year old man he had met on an Internet Game website. Breck loved online computer games. Breck and his assailant had played online computer games together and had exchanged emails and video chats about numerous topics.

Breck was stabbed at the apartment of the man he went to visit. He was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced deceased.

Lewis Daynes, an 18-year-old computer engineer, has been charged with murder.

It has been reported that Breck had some difficulty in making friends in social situations and had come under the spell of this 18 year old who seemed to want to be his friend. Breck became distant at home, stopped going to church and quit his extracurricular activities.

Breck's parents are devastated by his tragic death. He was a kind, intelligent, thoughtful boy with a good sense of humour and was a dedicated student who was
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gifted in computer, electronics and engineering subjects.

He was a kind and loving brother to his three younger siblings. Others describe him as well mannered, thoughtful and patient.

Breck attended St. Bede's School in Redhill. School officials stated that Breck was a bright and hard-working student with a great deal of potential.

He was a member of the Air Cadets with the 135 Squadron in Redhill and a member of St. John the Evangelist Church (Anglican) in Caterham.

No parent can reasonably be expected to totally control their teenaged kid's internet activities in today's world. If kids don't get online at home because they are monitored by their parents, they will do so at a friends home or at school or on a mobile device or somehow.

Schools should be conducting awareness courses for teenagers about the entire Internet experience. Teenagers have to learn to make smart decisions about their own internet activity. They particularly have to learn to make smart decisions about the people they connect with online.

To any teenager who is reading this: The Internet is full of trolls, misfits, sexual predators, sociopaths and psychopaths. Everybody isn't your buddy and your BFF. Beware of strangers who are rushing to be your friend. Don't agree to meet "new found internet friends" alone and do not go to their homes or to a secluded location with them.

Breck is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother and father, Lorin LaFave and Barry Bednar; and three siblings.

God save us from the Lost Ones who stalk the Earth stealing away life.

Pray that Breck is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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