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Tributes pour in for popular teenager James Harris
TRIBUTES have flooded in for a popular teenager who was found dead in Wareham.
James Harris, aged 18, died at an address in Northmoor Way.
More than 1,000 people have visited a tribute website in his memory, many of them leaving moving messages.
His friend Karl Lattimer wrote: “My best friend and my brother since I was in Year 2. You will be sorely missed.”
Another tribute read: “James, clearly you have touched more lives than you could have known.
“Everyone is so shocked and devastated to hear of your passing, we just cannot believe it.
“You were always so happy and were always going out of your way to help others. If we were to have heard your cry for help, we could have helped you.
“But you’re at peace now, and we hope that you’ll be looking down on us and know that we’ll never forget you.”
A book of condolence has been made available at The Purbeck School’s sixth form, according to the tribute page.
An inquest has been opened and adjourned at Bournemouth Coroner’s Court. The cause of death was listed as hanging.
James’s funeral will take place at the Church of Lady St Mary, Wareham, from 2.45pm on Tuesday.
His family has requested no flowers. Donations, if desired, for The Boys Brigade and the Air Training Corps may be sent to Albert Marsh Funeral Directors, St Michaels Road, Wareham.
The leadership team at 1st Wareham Boys Brigade extended their sympathies to the family.
One of the leaders said: “He was a very popular boy and he used to take part in the Wareham Boys Brigade when he was younger. We are all deeply saddened by the terrible news.”
A representative from the Church of Lady St Mary said: “We are all understandably devastated as a parish.”
After the funeral, James’s friends are set to gather at the Kings Arms, Stoborough, to celebrate his life.
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