Family tributes to tragic 22-year-old

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THE heartbroken family of a young man found hanged at home today paid tribute to their “beautiful boy”.

Shaun Thompson, 22, was discovered by his parents at home on Windermere Road in South Shore on Sunday.

His devastated mother, Debra Thompson, said: “He was beautiful inside and out. He was perfect.”

And his girlfriend Ella Green – the current Miss Blackpool – today said she had lost the “love of her life”.

“He is always going to have the key to my heart,” the distraught 22-year-old added.

Shaun, a former Highfield High School pupil and well known local amateur footballer, had been out with friends on Saturday night.

He returned home but was found hanged in his bedroom the following afternoon.

Mrs Thompson, said: “We just can’t understand it. The world was his oyster.”

Mrs Thompson, 44, added: “We’re such a close family. We were together on Saturday – we watched the Bolton against Blackpool match.

“He was always smiling and making me laugh, he was never down.

“He was into everything – he’d go to the gym after work, he’d play football every week and go out with his mates.

“We always have family meals together and talk about the day.

“He’d only just booked a holiday with his mates to go to Bulgaria and then he was going to come on holiday with us for two weeks.

“His younger brother, Nathan, is devastated. We’re a family of four, not a family of three. We did everything together.”

His father, Karl, 45, said: “He always had a smile on his face. He loved his job and he had groups of friends everywhere. It’s such a shock.”

After leaving school Shaun started an apprenticeship and was the only apprentice to be taken on as an instrument engineering technician by Victrex – a chemical plant based on Hillhouse International Business Park in Thornton.

He played for Foxhall Juniors FC for nine years and had trials with Bolton FC during his teens.

Hundreds of people have posted messages of condolence on a Facebook memorial page entitled RIP Shaun Thompson.

Miss Green, 22, from Layton, who met Shaun while they were both working at Schofield’s bar in central Blackpool, said: “When we met it was like a whirlwind, we were besotted with each other and we were never apart.

“The future was so bright for him. He was doing really advanced stuff at work and he was saving up to buy a house that he said me and him would live in together. It just hasn’t sunk in yet.

“He took the meaning of love to a different level. He had love in him from the tips of his toes to the top strands of his hair.”

Andy Morton, Hillhouse site operations manager, said: “It’s a difficult time for people here, all his friends and colleagues are upset.

“Shaun was our first engineering apprentice. He joined in 2005 as an instrument apprentice. He was well liked and respected by everyone here. He was a very capable young man and he will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues. It’s a complete shock.”

Staff at Highfield Humanities College said they were deeply saddened by his death.

Chris Wardle, science teacher, said: “Shaun was very popular with his peers and well thought of by staff at Highfield. His energy and enthusiasm in science was inspiring. He was the type of student that makes Highfield a wonderful place to work.

“He was a brilliant lad and a brilliant footballer. He was one of those lads you look forward to teaching.

“It’s devastating for the community.”

Dave Pinder, Shaun’s form tutor for five years at Highfield, said: “He was captain of the school’s football team and a prefect.

“He was very polite and hard working.

“He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.”

Police said they had been called to the family’s home on Sunday but the case had been passed to the coroner’s office.

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