Stabbing victim's boss is found dead

THE boss of a young woman stabbed in Worle was found hanged in his home just days after the frenzied High Street knife attack

THE boss of a young woman stabbed in Worle was found hanged in his home just days after the frenzied High Street knife attack.Roger Line, who has owned Fruitline in the High Street for 11 years, was discovered in his house in Brompton Road on the Oldmixon Estate on Wednesday evening (April 18).Four days earlier the father-of-six rushed to help 29-year-old Kelly Parker who was viciously attacked opposite Greenwood Road, close to the Golden Lion pub.In an interview with the Mercury he described Kelly, who had worked for him for three months, as a 'sweet, innocent person full of life and very giggly'.She was on her way there for her shift when she was attacked on Saturday (April 14).Roger told the Mercury: "I got to where Kelly was lying and it was heart-breaking to see." She is such an easy person to get on with. If you had met her you would think 'what a lovely person'."She started riding her bike into work a week ago."But at 7.45pm on Wednesday police were called to Mr Line's home and an ambulance took him to Weston General Hospital where he later died.Mr Line's daughters, 24-year-old Emma and Rachel, aged 33, said: "Through unfortunate events that have happened throughout his life he decided to take his own life. "He had suffered from depression due to other factors in his life and the assault could have made a small contribution. He was a well-loved businessman and father."Last Thursday a note stuck on the metal shutters of Mr Line's shop read: "Closed until further notice due to family bereavement."Fellow traders say Mr Line was visibly affected and depressed by the assault on Miss Parker. They say he had been regularly drinking in the Lamb pub.One trader, who did not want to be named, said: "It has been years since his shop was last shut, he never seems to go on holiday, so we knew something must be wrong when the shop was closed. He had obviously been very affected by the stabbing and had been getting extremely worked up about it. He was visibly depressed by the whole situation."Most of the traders seem to know he's died but because he kept himself very much to himself we don't really know what's happened or even where he lives."The police said: "We have notified the coroner of the death and do not believe the death to be suspicious.


Roger Line, Father of six, Grandfather of 10, owner of Fruitline at Worle will be sadly missed and was loved by all, you were a lovable rogue, we will miss the leather jacket and the black beanie on your head! The stories and the laughs, most of all our kids will miss their grampie.

Sadly missed but never forgotton - Jason, Louisa Alexander and India-Sophia Line, Melbourne Australia

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