SCHOOLBOY Olly Stephens, 13, was stabbed to death in a park near his home last Sunday.
Three teenagers appeared at Reading Magistrates' Court on Thursday before they were later remanded in custody.
Who are Olly Stephens' alleged killers?
Olly Stephens was allegedly knifed in the back of the neck in a field in Emmer Green, a leafy suburb of Reading, on Sunday, January 3.
He was found dying from stab wounds just before 4pm at Bugs Bottom fields.
The spot is just 250 yards from the home where he lived with parents Amanda and Stuart Stephens and older sister Emilia.
Three teenagers – a 13-year-old girl and two boys, aged 13 and 14 – appeared in the dock on Thursday morning.
The teens charged cannot be named for legal reasons.
Olly's distraught family paid a moving tribute to him earlier this week as they spoke of facing "every parents' worst nightmare".
They said: "In his final moments he must have been terrified.
"Fighting to get home, he had everything to live for. We now have only memories".
What have they been charged with?
The three teens have been charged with murder following the death of the autistic 13-year-old.
They each face a further count of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm, while two have also been charged with perverting the course of justice.
Two other boys, both aged 13, have been released on bail until February 1.
The trio appeared at Reading Magistrates' Court with their mothers to confirm their name, date of birth and address.
They were later remanded in custody after a date for a five-week trial was set at Reading Crown Court.
What have police said about the murder?
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Kevin Brown of Thames Valley Police has called for anyone with information to call cops.
He said: “This continues to be a very difficult time for the family of Olly. Our thoughts remain with them.
"The Stephens family appreciate all of the kindness shown to them but they have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time.
“Anyone with any information is asked to get in touch and report it, and to refrain from posting this information on social media.”
What did Olly Stephens suffer from?
Olly’s family have revealed that the 13-year-old had autism and suspected pathological demand avoidance, a profile that also sits on the autism spectrum.
They released a tribute to the teenager following his death on Sunday.
It said: “Oliver was an enigma, having both Autism and suspected Pathological Demand Avoidance he became a challenge we never shied away from.
“He was hilariously funny, charming and beautiful.”
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