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Family of Ian Wright’s boxing trainer friend, 31, who was stabbed to death with a shard of glass are ‘blown away’ after fundraiser for his baby daughter hits £123,000

  • Reece Newcombe, 31, was stabbed to death with a shard of glass in November
  • A GoFundMe set up to raise money for his baby daughter has raised £123,000 
  • Reece was a boxing trainer to celebrities such as Ian Wright and Jack O’Connell 

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The family of Ian Wright’s boxing trainer friend who was stabbed to death with a shard of glass are ‘blown away’ after a fundraiser for his baby daughter hit £123,000.

Reece Newcombe, 31, who coached celebrities including former footballer Ian Wright and Skins alumn Jack O’Connell, died on Richmond Bridge, southwest London on November 26. 

A GoFundMe which was originally set up to raise £1,000 for Reece’s young daughter Misse has now surpassed £123,000.

His family have said they are ‘blown away with the amount so far’.

Reece Newcombe, 31, died after he was stabbed to death with a shard of glass on Richmond Bridge, southwest London

Reece Newcombe, 31, died after he was stabbed to death with a shard of glass on Richmond Bridge, southwest London

Reece trained celebrities including former footballer Ian Wright and Skins alumn Jack O'Connell

Reece trained celebrities including former footballer Ian Wright and Skins alumn Jack O’Connell

A Gofundme appeal was set up to raise money for Reece's five-month-old daughter and the family have said they are 'blown away with the amount so far'

A Gofundme appeal was set up to raise money for Reece’s five-month-old daughter and the family have said they are ‘blown away with the amount so far’

‘This is a very tough time for us all but to see the generosity of so man people and to see how loved Reece is brings us warmth,’ said Jamie Dobson – Reece’s best friend, who set up the fund.

His daughter Misse was just five months old when he died.

Last month, a 32-year-old man was charged with his murder.

The GoFundMe currently stands at £123,360 and more than 2,500 people have donated. 

Mr Dobson also thanked those who had donated and said: ‘I would like to thank on behalf of Reeces family and friends, each and every person who has donated, no matter how big or small.’

One tearful relative told MailOnline last month: ‘You couldn’t find a nicer person. Reece was one in a million and all his family are heartbroken by what’s happened.

‘Ian Wright is in Doha with the World Cup but he’s been informed, and he’s as devastated as well are.

‘He’s a new dad, just five months ago his daughter Misse was born, and her mum is in bits.

‘It looks like he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. We just hope they catch the people responsible quickly.’

Reece’s devastated brother Kane wrote on Facebook: ‘My brother!! I will forever cherish everything we ever did together! No one can ever replace the brother, the friend you were to me!

Reece Newcombe, ex-footballer Ian Wright, Shane Westlake and coach John Holland of Westside Boxing Gym in Hounslow, west London, pictured ahead of a charity bout in April 2014

Reece Newcombe, ex-footballer Ian Wright, Shane Westlake and coach John Holland of Westside Boxing Gym in Hounslow, west London, pictured ahead of a charity bout in April 2014

Reece's devastated brother Kane wrote on Facebook : 'My brother!! I will forever cherish everything we ever did together! No one can ever replace the brother, the friend you were to me!

Reece’s devastated brother Kane wrote on Facebook : ‘My brother!! I will forever cherish everything we ever did together! No one can ever replace the brother, the friend you were to me!

‘You was always the one I inspired and looked up to way beyond belief as many others did. I idolised you in every way, the way you cared, the way you made me laugh and everyone you was around.

‘The way you lifted the atmosphere up! You made me the man I am today!! I’ve lost my brother as well as my bestest friend! Absolutely heartbroken words can’t justify the way it hurts!! Love you so much my brother, my friend, my everything!!’

Sharing pictures of the two of them growing up, Kane later added: ‘What I would do to have you back. Completely empty without you! Love you so much.’ 

Writing on social media around the time of his death, Reece’s family said: ‘This is the hardest thing for us to write. 

‘We are truly heartbroken at the loss of our son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin.

‘Words cannot describe our grief. Our family is broken and never will be the same again without Reece’s larger than life personality.

Sharing pictures of the two of them growing up, Kane later added: 'What I would do to have you back. Completely empty without you! Love you so much'

Sharing pictures of the two of them growing up, Kane later added: ‘What I would do to have you back. Completely empty without you! Love you so much’

‘As a family, we will make sure his darling daughter Misse will know all about her Daddy and how much he loved her and how much he was loved by everyone.’

They added: ‘We appreciate everyone’s love and support. RIP our beloved Reecey Bear.’ 

A flag tribute made by Three Lions supporters was displayed in the Al Bayt Stadium during England’s World Cup match against Senegal, reading: ‘Football is coming home in memory of Reece.’

The England and Chelsea badges were displayed on the flag with a pair of boxing gloves and a photo of Reece.

Reece’s family organised a memorial walk for him, which will took place earlier this month in Richmond Park.

To view the appeal, visit here

Source: Daily Mail UK

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