Lanterns for Billy

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HUNDREDS of people are expected to light up the skies with lanterns tonight in memory of Billy Dove.

About 500 people have confirmed their attendance on a Facebook invite called Lanterns for Billy where people who knew him will be letting them off into the sky at 8pm.

More than 11,000 people have paid tribute to murdered Billy Dove on a special Facebook page made for him.

Flowers and tributes have also been left at the spot where he was stabbed in Hemel Hempstead town centre on Sunday at 1.30am.

Pints of beer, Arsenal t-shirts, flowers and cards have been laid around a tree, which has been nicknamed ‘Billy’s tree’ by people who knew him.

The tree has been decorated with football scarves, t-shirts and balloons in preparation for tonight’s tribute.

A fund has also be set up to raise money for a mural to the popular young man and people will be able to buy tribute wrist bands that will read RIP Billy Dove, Forever In Our Hearts.

The wristbands are currently in production and will be available from Bourne End Motor Services, on Kents Road in Apsley, from Thursday, November 24.

The two 17-year-old boys charged with murder will appear at St Albans Crown Court on Monday, February 6, 2012.