A YOUTH football coach discovered dead was a ‘beautiful young woman who had everything to live for’, her family said as a man appeared in court charged with her murder yesterday.
Meg Newton, 18, was found on Saturday afternoon at a flat in the street where she lived in Stoke.
In a statement, her family said: ‘We just can’t believe what’s happened. Our hearts are broken and our family is devastated.’
They added: ‘Meg was into sport in a big way. She loved playing football and used to give up her weekends to work as an assistant coach for the under-sevens.
‘She loved working with children and was studying sports at college as well as holding three jobs down.
‘Meg had plans for the future — she was so independent and knew what she wanted to do with her life. We were all behind her every step of the way and would have done anything for her.’
Stoke City fans organised a round of applause during the 18th minute of their Championship match against Norwich on Monday to remember Meg (pictured with the club’s goalkeeper Jack Butland below).
Joseph Trevor, also 18, of Stoke, was remanded in custody at North Staffordshire justice centre and will appear tomorrow at Stafford crown court.
He made no plea and looked tearful as he was handcuffed and taken to the cells after yesterday’s hearing.
Police have appealed for any information that could help them with their investigation into Meg’s death.