The devastated family of stabbed teenager Glen Corner have spoken of their pride after receiving his GCSE results.
The youngster was killed in a knife attack while he was out with friends celebrating his 16th birthday and gaining eight GCSEs.
The schoolboy, who had already overcome cancer, died in hospital after he was attacked on East Avenue in the Harton area of South Shields on August 25.
Yesterday, the teenager's family received his GCSE results - eight passes A* to C.
They told of his determination to study engineering at college and how he had taken extra lessons to ensure he passed maths.
The statement read: "He had just received his GCSE results - eight passes, A* to C and I am so proud of him.
"His dream was to study engineering at college and I have just found out that he had been having extra lessons to make sure he passed maths.
"He was so thrilled with his results, his ambition was to become a marine engineer."
Glen's mother Susanne Hilton, 33, of Wakefield Avenue in South Shields, had nursed him through a six-year battle with cancer. She said: "Glen was a loving and caring boy, he was respectful of others and they respected him.
"He doted on his four younger brothers and sister and was always looking out for them.
"Everyone who knew Glen had a great amount of respect for him, he was cool-headed and calm in any situation and never resorted to violence.
"He had a zest for life and was always making people laugh."
Ms Hilton said: "We have received so much support from neighbours. We have lived in this area for the past 11 years and a lot of people knew Glen and I would like to thank everyone for their flowers and kind words.
"Glen will be sorely missed by everybody who knew him."
An 18-year-old from South Shields has been charged with Glen's murder. Lee Firman, of Thornholme Avenue, was remanded in custody last week and will appear at Newcastle Crown Court via a video-link on September 6.
A 43-year-old woman and a 15-year-old have also been arrested, and bailed, by police investigating Glen's death.