Teachers have paid tribute to a popular, enthusiastic and well respected student who died in Teddington.
Patrick Lawless died from head injuries after he collapsed in Field Lane and was taken to hospital at 12.30am on Sunday, November 11.
The 20-year-old from Twickenham was a second year student at St Mary’s University College, where he was studying strength and conditioning science.
The university’s vice-principal, Claire Taylor, described Mr Lawless as a popular and well respected member of the university.
She said: “The St Mary’s community is shocked and terribly saddened to learn of the tragic loss of one of our students, Patrick Lawless.
“He was enjoying many aspects of university life and, in addition to his studies, was an actively involved member of several of our clubs and societies.
“Patrick will be greatly missed by fellow students, staff and friends, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, who we are in close contact with at this very difficult time."
St Mary’s programme director Richard Blagrove said Mr Lawless had decided to switch degree course earlier this year and described him as a fantastic student who was an asset to the programme.
He said: “Pat had clearly found his forte and was quickly developing into an excellent coach with a bright future.
“His passion and enthusiasm for the subject was evident in every teaching and practical session.
“The energy and humour that Pat brought to the gym and classroom will be missed by both staff and students alike.
“The staff are certain that Pat’s commitment and positive engagement with the programme will continue to be a source of inspiration to many of the students in his year group.”
Police launched a murder investigation on Monday after Mr Lawless died.
- Four men have been arrested in connection with the incident. One on suspicion of murder and three other men on suspicion of assault.
All four men, who are in their early 20s, have now been released on bail and are due to return in mid-December pending further inquiries.