Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Hanged man left letters for friends

Flowers are left at the scene of the apparent double suicide

One of two young men found hanged in woods left a series of letters for his family, it has been revealed.

The bodies of Christopher Harrington, 20, and Kieran Kenny, 19, were discovered together in Cramlington, Northumberland, on Tuesday morning after an apparent suicide pact.

Mr Harrington's father, Peter, told a local newspaper in Newcastle: "I came downstairs yesterday and found seven letters on the kitchen table, all written by Christopher. One was addressed to me, the others were to other members of the family and friends."

The 49-year-old father-of-three would only say the content of the letters was "personal", and that they had been taken away by police. Northumbria Police said a report was being prepared for the coroner.

Mr Harrington described his son as a "smashing lad".

He and Mr Kenny were friends, having studied together at Cramlington Learning Village, and both worked in a local McDonald's.

On Facebook, Mr Kenny changed his status from "in a relationship" to "single" at the weekend. He left McDonald's last month.

Mr Harrington's girlfriend, Mel Hurley, posted on the site details of a requiem service for Mr Kenny which is being organised by his family. She was close to both men, and wrote on her page: "I have never felt so much pain in my life."

Dozens of tributes have been left to the young men on the social networking site and it's compatriot Twitter.

About half a dozen floral tributes were left at the entrance to the woodland where the bodies of the two friends were found.

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