Following today’s inquest the family of Archie Lloyd issued the following statement:
We have been left totally devastated by the loss of a wonderful brother and son but we know he will live on in all those who were ever fortunate enough to have met him.
Archie was ready to take on the world, realising his dreams to study at university and travel when he tragically died this summer. Archie was on a carefully planned and greatly anticipated trip across Europe with four friends from school. The boys had just finished their A-levels and Archie had just had his 18th birthday.
He had his whole life ahead of him when, on a harmless night out, everything went tragically wrong and so many lives have been shattered as a result.
Archie was a lifelong Arsenal supporter, cricketer, footballer and pretty much any sport that he could have a go at was a passion. He was a boy who grasped every opportunity afforded to him and he had won a gap year travel scholarship to learn Mandarin and coach football in China.
We would like to thank all our family and friends for their incredible support over the last six months while we have tried to come to terms with our grief in losing such a wonderful son and brother as Archie.
Kieran Mitchell, a lawyer from Slater and Gordon, representing the Lloyd family, said: “This is a tragic case of a gifted young man’s life being cut far too short.”
“Criminal proceedings against Archie’s alleged assailant are pending in Crete, with him having been released on bail pending investigation by the public prosecutor. He is expected to return to Crete to face the charges against him, with a trial expected within the next 12-18 months.”
Notes to Editor:
Archie was the youngest son of James and Claire Lloyd and the brother of Hector and Hugo and younger twin sisters, Kitty and Flora.
His family have pledged to set up a charitable foundation in Archie’s name to support young people motivated to fulfil their potential.
The family have requested that their privacy is respected at this most difficult time.