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Community unites in grief for Chesterfield teen

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Tributes have been paid to a “delightful” teenager who tragically died this week.

Police and paramedics were called to an address on Malson Way, Newbold, on Wednesday morning after receiving reports of a sudden death.

Aidan Karpenko, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The former bartender at Frankie and Benny’s was a pupil at Brookfield Community School and studied emergency care at Chesterfield College.

Ben Anderson, Aidan’s head of year at Brookfield Community School, said: “From his very first day at Brookfield, Aidan delighted all those who met him.

“His sparkling personality and infectious humour endeared him to both staff and students alike and he touched the lives of many people in our school community.

“Aidan faced challenges with stoic optimism and was never short on compassion for others, which inevitably drew students of all ages towards him.

“He was a great friend to his peers and an inspirational student to his teachers.”

Steve Edmonds, acting headteacher at Brookfield Community School, added: “Although I only knew Aidan for a short time he made a positive and lasting impression.

“I know that those who came into contact with him within the school community will remember Aidan with great fondness and respect.”

Tim Binns, curriculum manager for public services at Chesterfield College, said: “Aidan was a lively and well-respected member of his group.

“He was really enthusiastic and enjoyed the practical aspects of his course.

“He would keep his class spirits high by entertaining them with his music.

“He was thoughtful and always had a smile.”

Aidan was a member of the Knights Templar, a historic order.

Mark Borrington, grand master at the Knights Templar, said: “Aidan joined us as a cadet in May 2011 having been attracted to our work in demonstrating to others how to be a better person alongside supporting both local and international humanitarian and charitable endeavours.

“Although I only met Aidan on a handful of occasions, I considered him to be of the very best we could ask of from a member.

“He was a naturally nice and friendly lad who really cared about others, quickly jumping in to offer assistance wherever he could.

“He will be truly missed and we are saddened for losing not just Aidan but the potential good he could have brought to the world.”

On the Derbyshire Times’ Facebook page, Vicky Randall said: “He was such a nice lad and always had a smile on his face.”

David Cutts added: “He was a great kid.”

A message posted on Aidan’s Twitter account earlier this month read: “Life couldn’t get any better at the moment.”

A spokesman for Derbyshire police said there are no suspicious circumstances. A file is currently being prepared for the coroner.

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