Tributes are paid to teenage ‘light of my life’ who died after mass brawl at school

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The mother of a boy who died after apparently being hit on the head with a cricket ball has described him as the “light of my life”.

Kyle Rees, 16, suffered a serious head injury on Monday during an incident at Portchester School, in Bournemouth, Dorset, and died in hospital on Tuesday.

His mother Tanya Cooper, from Bournemouth, sobbed as she described her love for her son.

She said: “He was the light of our lives, he was our everything.

“I can’t think of enough words to say about him.”

She added: “I would like to thank everyone for their kind words that they have written about him.”

Ms Cooper added that the whole family was devastated at their loss.

Flowers were left outside the school yesterday in tribute to Kyle yesterday.

Police were investigating reports that pupils were involved a mass brawl at the school on Monday.

A pupil from the school told the BBC that the fight, involving “30-40 kids”, broke out at about 2pm and footballs, tennis balls, shoes and chairs were thrown. He said he didn’t know what had caused the “random copycat violence”.

A 16-year-old boy who was arrested, initially for an offence of assault and subsequently on suspicion of manslaughter, has been released on bail while inquiries continue.