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Vic: Police shooting victim was "easygoing" boy, school says

12 Dec 2008 3:33 PM

MELBOURNE, Dec 12 AAP - A teenager who was shot and killed after allegedly threatening police was a "lovely young man" showing great promise in his hospitality studies, a manager at his school said on Friday.

Tyler Cassidy, 15, was shot after he allegedly threatened to kill three police officers in a park in Northcote, northern Melbourne, on Thursday night.

Rowena Bailey, manager of The Island, a vocational campus of Collingwood College where Tyler had been studying, said he had been achieving "enormous success" studying hospitality.

"Tyler was a lovely young man. He came to us about six weeks ago," Ms Bailey told AAP.

"He was achieving enormous success. He was in our hospitality unit and doing very well, he showed great promise and was doing extremely well."

Tyler had many friends and was an easygoing boy, she said.

"It's a terrible shock because he was achieving. He was very well liked," she said.

"He was an easygoing boy, in our environment, very easygoing, and he was very happy. He had a lot of friends and he was very happy."

Students at the work and education training campus at Coburg have finished their studies for the year.

Ms Bailey said the school would offer support and counselling to Tyler's friends and their families and would hold a memorial service for him.