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Salon shooting: Son, 16, found dead

The teenage son of a man who shot his estranged wife has been found dead in woods in Newport.

The body of Jack Williams, 16, was discovered near where his father Darren died after the shooting in a Newport hair salon last month.

Jack's mother Rachel, 39, who recently left hospital, was said to be devastated by her son's death.

His loved ones said the youngster had found it hard to come to terms with the events of the past few weeks.

A family spokesman told BBC Wales: "He was a sensitive young man - he wasn't coping with things.

"His mother was shot and his dad found hanged, all within a couple of hours.

"Now Rachel is going through hell all over again. She is aware that Jack was very, very upset by the whole business."

The tragic death comes six weeks after Darren, 46, burst into the Carol-Ann Hair Salon in Malpas, where his estranged wife worked. He opened fire with a double-barrelled shotgun, wounding Mrs Williams, who needed a 10-hour operation to save her left leg. She has since undergone extensive reconstructive surgery at Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

An inquest is set to be opened after a post-mortem examination is carried out.

A single anonymous entry on a Facebook tribute page entitled RIP Jack Williams reads: "It's really sad that he died. Let's all just keep him in our prayers and his family as well. May he rest in peace."


From Belfast Telegraph