Jun 29 2012 By Jack Griffith
A FACEBOOK group has been set up in tribute to Tony Martinez, who was hit and killed by a train earlier this week.
Twenty year-old Antonio Louie Martinez, of Uxbridge, or 'Zite' as he was known in graffiti circles, was struck near Hayes and Harlington station at around 5pm on Tuesday (26).
The dedicated page, called R.I.P ZITE, has attracted more than 160 followers, and dozens have left messages.
Paying his respects, Harry Tant wrote: "didnt believe them when they told me, didnt wanna believe it.!! head up to the clouds, you were a one of a kind bruva!!! Take care mate."
Shaun Heaney, a friend of Tony's for 12 years, told the Gazette: "Everyone knew him and recognised his smile from across the town. He was always the life and soul of the party and he will be a sadly missed friend and brother. His funeral will be a huge event as he was so loved by everyone."
A memorial at the station's car park entrance has been regularly visited by friends since the incident, and many flowers and mementos have been left at the spot.
The inquest into Mr Martinez's death was opened and adjourned today (Friday) at West London Coroners Court, and a provisional cause of death has been given as multiple injuries.
It is not known whether Mr Martinez took his own life, or was involved in an accident.
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