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Harry Potter stars in tribute to Rob Knox

Written by David Willetts, Mike Sullivan, and Tom Wells

HARRY Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has written a heart-rending message to comfort the mother of murdered actor Rob Knox.

Daniel, 19, was just one of the devastated cast and crew of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince who penned moving tributes to 18-year-old knife victim Rob.

Signing himself “Dan xxx”, the star quoted a line from famed author DH Lawrence when he wrote: “The dead don’t die. They look on and help.”

Daniel wrote: “Dear Rob, We are all proud to have known you and devastated to have lost you. It is terrible just to write this note. Rest in peace, Dan xxx.”

Below he added: “To everyone else who reads this remember ‘The dead don’t die. They look on and help’.”

It was a quotation from a letter Lady Chatterley’s Lover author Lawrence sent a friend in 1923. Ron Weasley actor Rupert Grint wrote a note too, saying: “Rob, It was an honour to have known you and whenever I’m on the Southend strip I’ll be thinking of you. Rest in peace mate.”

Sally, 51, said: “I know that people will look at these and think it’s nice because he was so high profile. But to me I treasure it because it was just another example of the way Rob touched lives, another person who met him and liked him. That’s what makes me so proud.”

Yesterday Sally’s prayers were answered when Rob’s killer, swaggering thug Karl Bishop, was given four life sentences at the Old Bailey.

Just before the hearing Sally had gone to nearby St Paul’s Cathedral to ask for divine help in getting Bishop — found guilty of murder on Wednesday — put away for a long time.


She said: “I went in and lit a candle for Rob and just prayed Karl Bishop would get the sentence he deserved.”

Bishop smirked, gave a thumbs-up to pals and even smiled at the judge Mr Justice Bean as sentence was passed.

Sally said: “He won’t be smiling in ten years when he’s still got another ten to go. When his parole is up I hope it gets denied and he is not allowed out again.”

Bishop stabbed Rob five times as he tried to protect brother Jamie, 17, and their pals outside a bar in Sidcup, Kent.

As well as life for murder he was sentenced for wounding Nicky Lee Jones, 20, Charlie Grimley, 17, Dean Saunders, 22, and Andrew Dormer, 17.

Original article found at The Sun I March 6, 2009

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