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Family 'devastated' at Lewis Clarke's Llanidloes death

Lewis Clarke
Image caption Lewis Clarke had been due to join the Royal Navy in November

The family of a teenager who died after an assault in Powys say they are "heartbroken and devastated" at his murder.

Lewis Clarke, 19, from Newtown, died in hospital after the incident in Llanidloes on Saturday.

His mother, Gale Morris, said Lewis had been due to join the Royal Navy in November.

A murder inquiry has been launched and a 20-year-old man is currently being questioned by police.

Mr Clarke died after the incident in Plynlimon House in Long Bridge Street.

Ms Morris said: "We as a family are devastated by the loss of Lewis.

"He was a well loved boy with a passion for music and acting. His determination in life was amazing."

Lewis' father, Sean Clarke, added: "We as a family are absolutely heartbroken and devastated at the loss of our Lewis.

"We are obviously very shocked and sickened, and struggling to come to terms with his death.

"He was much loved by many people, and we were all very proud of him."

An extract from Lewis' Facebook page described himself in his own words: "Nothing makes me happier than listening to a song with real meaning.

"I also discovered I have a passion for acting. The school I was in had an acting agency, I had several minor roles but nothing major.

"I would love to pursue a career in the business but as you all know it's far from easy."

On Monday, Dyfed-Powys Police were granted more time to question the man held on suspicion of his murder.

They are appealing for witnesses following the incident.

Local people say the murder has left them shocked.

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