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Teen Gaenor Thompson found dead at weekend was a close friend of legal highs victim Adam Owens

By Deborah McAleese

The young Bangor girl who died suddenly at the weekend was close friends with tragic Adam Owens, who was killed by legal highs.

Popular teenager Gaenor Thompson was found dead, just weeks after the death of 17-year-old Adam.

Gaenor's death, which is not believed to have been connected to legal highs, has shocked her family, friends and the wider community.

Just one month before she passed away, the teenager said she wanted to get her "head sorted" after she believed she was going to die. She said that thanks to her mother she was "getting back on track" and realised how much she had to lose.

The 16-year-old, who was studying for her GCSEs at Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College, made the comments on her Facebook page.

She said, it "goes to show how much Ya have to lose when Ya do stupid things, learn from ur mistakes, Gona get my wee head sorted again! Onwards and upwards for me thanks to my wonderful mummy I'm getting back on track ... this past week has been such a wake up call to me".

She then wrote to her mother: "thanks for staying up with me all night when I thought I was dying."

The last photographs she posted on social media showed a smiling Gaenor partying with friends.

Following her death, one friend posted a photograph of Gaenor and Adam on Facebook with the caption, "Our beautiful angels".

Adam was found dead in the middle of a Newtownards housing estate in April.

His devastated parents blamed their son's death on legal highs. His father, Carl, and his stepmother, Dawn Carlile, said the drugs changed their son so that "he didn't care about anything". It is understood Adam had been using the drugs for three years and his family had been trying to get him help.

"He had suicidal thoughts, he was self harming, he couldn't think straight, he was getting into trouble with the police.

"He ended up in hospital two or three times all because of legal highs," Carl Owens said.

"Why are they selling drugs that kill our kids. Why is it legal? You can shop for it like a pint of milk.

"We were told there was nothing in place to help 16 and 17-year-olds. If he had been 18, he could have got help."

Gaenor's school has offered advice and support to parents and students in the wake of her tragic death.

Ulster unionist councillor Carl McClean said news of Gaenor's death was "horrific".

Independent councillor Noelle Robinson added: "It is terrible, so tragic, very sad."

DUP councillor Wesley Irvine said the town was "shocked" by the sudden death.

If you are affected by any of the issues in this article, contact the Samaritans on 084 5790 9090, or Lifeline (080 8808 8000)

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