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Cornish Teenager's Death: Tributes Flood Facebook

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9:54am 28th September 2012
(Updated 9:54am 28th September 2012)

Tributes have poured in for a Cornish teenager who collapsed and died at school.

Charlie Alford was found in the toilets at Cornwall College in Saltash on Wednesday afternoon.

Staff carried out CPR and the 16 year old from Landrake was rushed to Derriford, but doctors could not save him.

Police tell us they are not looking for anyone in connection with his death, and say they are working with Cornwall College to support students and staff.

Principal Dave Linnell said: "We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts are with Charlie's family and friends. We are supporting students and staff at this difficult time."

Charlie's lecturer, Jon Langley, said "Charlie was a cheeky charmer who you couldn't help but like. He was so popular with his classmates and they'd all really got to know each other well in the few weeks since he started at college. It's such a sad loss."

More than five hundred people have liked tribute pages on Facebook.

Among the messages, "Charlie we all love you man - RIP" and "Sleep well little one, you will be missed."

Cornish bereavement charity Penhaligon's Friends says thing like Facebook can be very helpful at times like this.

Manager Julie Parker said:

"It's really important that the school allows the children the opportunity to grieve and mediums like Facebook can be really helpful sometimes for people to feel like they've had a voice and been able to pay tribute in some way"

You can get advice from the charity here

 

9:54am 28th September 2012

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