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Tributes flood in as boy 15, found dead after party

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Hundreds of people have paid tribute to a 15-year-old boy who died hours after returning home from a party.

Shannon Brooks had been out celebrating the new year with friends.

But he was later found dead at his home on Blackpool’s Grange Park estate.

Police and ambulance crews were called to the family home in Dawlish Avenue at around 2pm on January 1.

Police are treating the teenager’s death as non-suspicious and a post-mortem examination is due to be carried out.

The cause of death is currently regarded as “unexplained”.

Police have confirmed they are investigating whether drugs played any part in Shannon’s death.

Tributes have flooded in for the schoolboy, a former Collegiate High School pupil.

A special page set up in his memory on social networking site Facebook has seen hundreds of messages left by friends and family.

His mother, Kerrie Taylor, said: “Thank you everyone for your kind words. I’ve lost a part of me.

“I don’t know what to do. I love you so much son.”

Teachers at Collegiate said they were shocked by the tragic news.

They said the death had rocked the school community.

Diane Calderwood, pastoral manager who worked with Shannon before he left the school on Blackpool Old Road in 2012, said: “This is a tragic case of a young man who was a very popular character and well liked by his peers.”

Acting headteacher John Topping added: “The staff and students are shocked and saddened by the news.”

After leaving Collegiate, Shannon was continuing his education at The Oxford Centre on Whitegate Drive, a state special school for 11 to 16-year-olds.

One friend, Sean Shelton, posted online: “Can’t believe what I woke up to... RIP my brother.”

A Facebook group called ‘RIP Shannon Brooks’ had more than 750 members yesterday.

On it, Reece Cartledge wrote: “I can’t stop thinking of you, you were my best friend and my brother. I’d have done anything for you and I would give anything to see you one last time.

“I love you so much bro, sleep tight.”

Kaine Lillie posted: “I still cant get my head around all this. Never thought I’d lose a true mate ever. You’re truly missed shanbo and loved by everyone. This is all horrible and shouldn’t be happening.”

A number of Shannon’s friends have also let off Chinese lanterns in his memory after learning of his death and have posted pictures on the website.

Danielle McEwan posted: “No matter how you try get your head around stuff it don’t help. Still thinking of you so much, still don’t seem true.

“Rest in peace, sleep tight, and shine bright up there night.

“Such a loved lad and touched so many hearts. Night mate forever and always.”

Several people posting online suggested drugs may have played a part in Shannon’s death and police confirmed they are looking into that possibility.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said officers were called to Shannon’s home by the ambulance service at 2pm on New Year’s Day.

The spokesman said: “An investigation is ongoing, although at this stage the death is not thought to be suspicious.

“We are looking at whether drugs were involved.”

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out, although the results were not available last night.

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