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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 June, 2004, 16:46 GMT 17:46 UK
Stabbed fan died 'living a dream'
Bakery in Rua Augusta
Stephen Smith was stabbed to death outside a Lisbon bakery
The parents of stabbed football fan Stephen Smith have paid tribute to their son, who they said died "living his dream".

In a statement, John and Diane Smith said their son had been on a round-the-world trip when he was killed.

Stephen, 28, of Wolverhampton, was stabbed while celebrating England's Euro 2004 win over Croatia in Lisbon early on Tuesday.

He would be "sadly missed" by everyone who knew him, his parents said.

Superintendent Mike Treble read out a statement from the family outside Wednesfield police station, near Wolverhampton.

World trip

In it, they said: "Stephen, or Ste, as everyone knew him, was a hard-working man who would help anyone.

"Many of his friends referred to him as 'Smiler'."

"Ste was well-loved and would help anyone. He was well-known locally and enjoyed life to the full."

We, as a family, are just glad Ste was living his dream when this tragedy happened
John and Diane Smith
Mr and Mrs Smith said Stephen had worked since he left Northicote School in Bushbury, Wolverhampton when he was 16.

He lived in the Low Hill area of Wolverhampton, had a brother, David, 23, and a young nephew, who he was said to have "doted on".

He was a qualified mechanic and for the last two years had built up his dream of travelling around the world.

He had set out to achieve this ambition in April, when he left Britain to work in France, before moving on to Spain and then Portugal, where he had tickets for some of the Euro 2004 matches.

He was then planning to go to Italy, Australia and would have ended his world trip in New York on New Year's Eve.

"We, as a family, are just glad Ste was living his dream when this tragedy happened," his parents said.


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