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York family struggle to cope with youngster's death


3:47pm 18th January 2011

The family of a York youngster, found hanging at his home in Chapelfields on Sunday, are struggling to come to terms with his death.

Police say "they're in a state of shock."

The City of York Council's now providing support for friends of the 12 year old who went to York High School.

It's believed there's no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, but a full investigation will be carried out by police.

Officers are hoping to be able to formally name the youngster by no later than tomorrow (Wednesday 19th January 2011).

Detective Inspector Maria Taylor, from York CID, said:

“The boy's family are naturally in a state of shock and struggling to come to terms with his tragic death.

“Police officers are doing everything they can to support them at this very difficult time. City of York Council have also made arrangements to comfort and support his many school friends who have been left devastated by the sad news.

“From our enquiries, we do not believe that his death was suspicious. However, it is still important for the police to establish the full circumstances surrounding his death for use at a future inquest.

“While this investigation continues, and out of respect to his loved ones, we ask people not to speculate about his death, in particular social network users,  and to consider his family at this very upsetting time.”

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