Thomas McInerney stabbing: Parents pay tribute to son
The parents of a 21-year-old man who was fatally stabbed in Liverpool have paid tribute to a "most wonderful son".
Thomas McInerney, from Walton, was found lying in County Road at about 03:30 BST on Sunday. He died from his injuries shortly afterwards.
Sean Rogan, 18, of Chepstow Street, Walton, is charged with his murder.
In a statement, Ian and Elaine McInerney said their son, a talented footballer, "had achieved so much in his life".
He had played for Liverpool schoolboys, captaining his team for three years. He played for Everton Academy before leaving to play for Preston North End's under-15 team, they said.
He also represented Long Lane ABC in amateur boxing.
"To his Mum and Dad, Thomas was the most wonderful son who was truly loved and who loved and adored his family in return," they said.
He also leaves a brother Ian, 24, sister Leah, 16, and two young nieces.
He was due to become their godfather at their Christening this weekend.
Mr and Mrs McInerney added: "He was a very popular young man with many great friends and this has been shown by the wonderful tributes and offers of support given to the family at this difficult time.
"To his family and close friends he will always be remembered for his funny antics, for his distinct smile and for his determination and beliefs.
"He was tragically taken away from us at an early age and he will always be remembered with love and affection."