School rocked by teen tragedy

IPSWICH: The streets of heaven have one more angel tonight.

They are the heartfelt words of a teenager grieving the loss of a best friend today.

An Ipswich high school is today in mourning, rocked by a second tragedy within six months.

Westbourne Sports College student Liam Sadler was just 14 years old when he died at Ipswich Hospital on Thursday, June 10, after a tragic incident at home five days earlier.

The emergency services were called to the teenager’s home in Beechcroft Road on Saturday, June 5 to reports he was suffering a cardiac arrest.


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His death comes just months after staff and pupils at the school in Marlow Road were shocked at the loss of popular English teacher Nathan Hall.

Devastated at the sudden death of their school mate, team-mate and friend, hundreds of messages of tribute have poured in in memory of the popular youngster.

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The football-loving student was remembered just two days after his untimely death as around 100 friends paid their respects with a minute’s silence at 7.30pm as the England football team kicked off their World Cup campaign against the USA – knowing Liam would have loved to have seen the game.

Friend Simon Vale, paying his respects on a social networking site, said: “Goodbye Liam. One of my bestest friends. I will miss you so dearly. You were a brilliant person, friend and also someone who made Westbourne so special.

“I will never forget playing football with you at lunchtime. Your smile, your humour, your passion of football. The streets of heaven have one more angel tonight yet heaven was not ready for this angel. RIP Liam Sadler.”

Other friends have remembered his “bright blue eyes,” and “cheeky little grin,” as they struggle to come to terms with their loss.

Liam’s death is the second tragedy to hit the school community at Westbourne this year.

Mr Hall’s body was discovered near an Ipswich railway line on January 24 - two days after his 32nd birthday.

Mr Hall, who lived in Christchurch Street, had taught at Westbourne after moving to the UK from his native Canada in 2007.

Another friend of Liam’s Tori Jasmin Smith said: “People like him (Liam) and Mr Hall don’t deserve to go but R.I.P Liam, never forgotten and always still a inspiration and a great memory and legend to Westbourne. Westbourne and I will never ever, never forget you Liam.”

An inquest into Liam’s death has been opened and adjourned by Greater Suffolk Coroner, Dr Peter Dean.

His family, mum Teresa, dad Lee and brother Lewis were too upset to pay tribute at the time of going to press.

But they said they are raising money for the Critical Care Unit at Ipswich Hospital, where Liam was cared for before he passed away.

His funeral is being held on Monday at St Mary and St Botolph Church in Whitton at noon. It will be followed by an interment at the Millennium Cemetery.

The family has asked for donations to the hospital ward care of Hunnaball’s Funeral Directors, Dove House, 291 Norwich Road, IP1 4BP, or call 01473 748808.

n Pay your tributes to Liam. Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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