FRIENDS and family of a murdered teenager paid tribute to his memory after a new community centre was named in his honour.
The new centre, in Mill Lane, Old Swan, will take the name of Joseph Lappin, a 16-year-old Army cadet from Old Swan, who was fatally stabbed outside an Everton youth club.
The Joseph Lappin Centre was opened on Saturday by his mum and dad, Toni and John Lappin, with Liverpool Lord Mayor Cllr Sharon Sullivan and Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson.
It will include junior and senior youth clubs from Monday to Friday, an outdoor multi- use games area for football and basketball as well as providing a meeting place for mums and tots and a community-led café offering low-cost healthy meals.
Toni said: "I'm made up that on the sign outside it says ‘Do Something with your life’.
“Joseph knew exactly what he wanted to do, he had it all planned out but sadly never got the chance to do it. They have picked up on that and hopefully other young people in the area will get a chance."
Joseph was a member of the Liverpool Scottish Regiment and had never visited the Shrewsbury House community centre, in Langrove Street, Everton, before the attack in October, 2008.
Toni said: “It is so sad and of course we would much rather he was still here, but this is turning a negative into a positive."