HE loved Pompey and dreamed of joining the British Army but Marc Piscopo’s life was tragically cut short at the age of 18 after he died of a brain aneurysm.
Now his family’s grief has been compounded by the theft of a wreath they bought for his grave at Kingston Cemetery.
Marc’s devastated mum Tracey Bull, 37, found out what happened after her sister Alison Ward, 40, realised it was gone when paying her respects on Tuesday.
Miss Bull, of St Mary’s Road, Milton, Portsmouth, said she couldn’t believe someone could stoop so low.
‘I was very shocked and angry,’ she said.
‘How could someone take a wreath away from someone’s grave?’
The wreath was made into the Pompey crest and Marc’s grandparents Derek and Elaine Bull bought it from florists Webb A & Son, in Buckland, for £125. It was attached to balloons at the grave. Marc died at his home in Queen’s Road, Buckland, on Monday, March 25, after experiencing a migraine the day before.
Though he had suffered from migraines for two years, no-one thought they would lead to anything more serious.
‘Marc’s passing was something that just came out if the blue,’ Miss Bull said.
‘He suffered from migraines and had one on the Sunday. It’s just really sad. The grief is awful. His grandparents are grief stricken.
‘He used to go to Pompey’s home matches with them.
‘Joining the army was his life-long dream. All of the family supported that.’
Marc was a former student at St Edmund’s Catholic School, in Landport, and after he left he did an army training course at the Territorial Army Centre in Hilsea.
He had a son, Callum, one, with girlfriend Tamara Lee, 18.
The couple had planned to get married and have more children.
Miss Lee, of Mayo Close, Buckland, said: ‘We were planning on getting engaged this summer and we wanted to have more children. I sometimes think that this can’t be happening.
‘Callum was his world; he doted on him.’
Police are investigating the theft. A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘Officers recognise that this crime is having a deeply personal, stressful and upsetting effect on a grieving family.’
Anyone with information should call Fratton Police Station on 101.
SCHOOL TEACHER PAYS TRIBUTE TO ‘A VERY LIKEABLE LAD’
MARC Piscopo’s funeral was held at St Thomas’ Cathedral, Old Portsmouth.
Songs that were played included Jay-Z’s Forever Young and P. Diddy’s I’ll Be Missing You.
Stuart Wilkinson, who was Marc’s science teacher at St Edmund’s, went to the service on Wednesday, April 10.
He said: ‘He was always a very likeable lad. He enjoyed the activities that really sparked his imagination. He was a very well liked member of the school community. I am just very sad.’ Mr Wilkinson wants the school to set up a memorial in its chapel.