Tragedy of boy found hanged after break-up

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A JUNIOR golf captain took his own life after feeling down following a break-up with his girlfriend, an inquest heard.

Aaron Kirk, who was a talented golfer at Rowlands Castle Golf Club, was described as a ‘happy chap’ with a large group of friends and a career ahead of him as a plumber.

But his family were left stunned when the 17-year-old was found hanged at Havant Thicket on July 15 this year.

An inquest at Portsmouth Guildhall heard Aaron left a note about a split with his girlfriend.

The hearing was told they had split up in February and Aaron had found out she had a new partner at the beginning of July.

But Aaron’s mum, Julie Kirk, from Warren Park, Havant, said her son had never spoken openly about it and did not seem depressed.

She said: ‘He was a lovely lad – polite, friendly and got on with everybody. He was caring. He was your average 17-year-old. He loved his sports.’

She added: ‘When he got upset he would say it’s not worth it. He never really said anything else.’

His dad, Sean Kirk, said: ‘When he found out she had found someone else, it must have taken him back a bit more than we assumed.’

He added: ‘She was his first real girlfriend.’

On the Saturday before he was found dead, his dad said Aaron had had ‘a great day’ visiting a rowing event at The Ship Inn, at Langstone.

Detective Constable Kimberly Wain, from Havant police, said there was nothing on Facebook that suggested why the Highbury College student would want to end his life.

She said: ‘Everyone who has spoken to me said how well-liked he was.’

Coroner Robert Stone said: ‘The only blot on his horizon was the split from his girlfriend earlier in the year. There’s a note which makes reference to the split and the after-effects.’

He added: ‘I want to emphasise that there was nothing at all to indicate in his relationships with his friends, how he got on at school or college, that he was going to take his own life. The only thing that was found was the note which was tucked into his jeans pocket.’

Recording a verdict of suicide, he added: ‘I am so very sorry. I understand that it’s by no means uncommon for teenage boys to carry on as if nothing is happening but to be having a worry about things inside.’