A 13-year-old teenage boy ended his life abruptly, after finding out the girl he had a crush on had started dating somebody else
Harry Storey, told his friends via His Whatsapp status that he was feeling suicidal giving His reason as “feeling betrayed by someone he loved dearly” but unfortunately they didn’t believe him . Later that night on August 1 his father Andrew found his body at their home in Chilton, Oxfordshire.
Harry’S father recounting the horrific experience said “I could not comprehend what I was seeing.”
He carried out CPR on harrys lifeless body hoping to resuscitate him. Harry was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital where he died three days later.
An inquest heard yesterday that it was unlikely that Harry had intended to kill himself. The deceased’s father said: “We watched a programme where the female star had hanged herself but her friends rescued her. It made us wonder whether he had a sensationalised view of what might happen.”
Paying tribute to his son, Mr Storey said: “Harry was a charismatic, caring boy and sport was a huge part of his life, playing rugby, cricket and tennis. He would talk to anyone with ease and he had a natural ability to strike up a conversation, which I admired him for.
“He seemed to us to be just a normal teenager but he did have high expectations of himself. It came as a complete shock to me.”
Detective Sergeant Lou Heffernan-Glover said: “I think he lost consciousness unexpectedly. It could not have been predicted or prevented by his family.”
Coroner Darren Salter recorded a verdict of misadventure.
He said: “Harry did the action himself and had made comments about suicide. However teenagers do say things of that nature.
“There is an element of speculation but it seems to me that Harry did not intend it to be fatal. Therefore the conclusion is one of misadventure. Misadventure is similar to an accident, it is the deliberate undertaking of a risk that goes wrong, causing death.”