On Saturday 30th July, a man died at Reading Station. The 24-year-old has been identified as Thomas Parker.
Kirkpatrick Virgo from Slough, appeared in Reading Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning (1st August). The 42 year old is being charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.
There is a continuing appeal for those who may have spotted anything in connection to the murder to come forward. Detectives hope that witnesses of the incident itself or the events leading up to it will come forward.
Anyone with information can get in touch with British Transport Police by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 665 of 30/07/22. As an alternative, people can also anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The family of Thomas paid tribute to him on Monday also, which can be read below. British Transport Police are also appealing that the public gives the family privacy during this difficult time.
In the tribute, Thomas’s family said: “Tom was a very kind, thoughtful, and caring son. He was dedicated to his parents, brothers, grandparents, family and friends. He was popular, loving, funny, and hardworking; he was the life and soul of the party. His kindness and thoughtfulness touched the lives of everyone who knew him. We cannot adequately express how deeply saddened and shaken we feel about his death. He will always be in our hearts and minds wherever we are.”
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Langley added: “My thoughts are with Mr Parker’s family and friends who will no doubt be devastated by this tragic loss.
“Our investigation continues at pace and a man appeared at court this morning charged in connection to Mr Parker’s death.
“I would like to encourage any witnesses who haven’t already spoken to police to get in touch with us as soon as possible by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 665 of 30/07/22.”