Students planning tribute to friend found dead

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STUDENTS at a sixth form college are to meet tomorrow to organise a tribute to a teenager who was found hanged.

Friends of Robbie Hale want to pay their respects to the 16-year-old who was found dead at his home in Corsair Close, Lee-on-the-Solent.

Robbie was a student at Bay House Sixth Form College in Gosport and a shrine of flowers has been created outside the school.

Now, some of his closest friends and family will meet to discuss organising a fitting tribute to Robbie.

Vanessa Shorter, PA to the headteacher at the school, said: 'The colleagues and friends of Robbie are meeting to discuss the way forward.

'It will be a decision made by a number of people, including the family.

'We are still in a state of shock and supporting each other. There have been a number of assemblies.

'Staff have met with pupils after school to support each other.

'We will get a collective student tribute together by Friday.

'It's very sad here. It's a strong feeling of loss.'

Meanwhile, a tribute page to Robbie on Facebook has now reached more than 1,700 members.

The page, called 'Rest in Peace Robbie Hale, we love you man' was set up in the early hours of Sunday morning as the news of Robbie's death circled around his close group of friends.

Tributes have since poured in with many leaving heartfelt tributes and emotional messages of their treasured memories of Robbie.

Some friends even posted poems and another wrote the Lord's Prayer on the page.

Bev Hastie said: 'Rest in peace. You were obviously so well loved. It is such a tragic waste of life and this story has touched the whole community, even people like me who never knew you.

'Having two children at Bay House, I know that the whole school has been affected by losing you and everyone is hurting really badly.

'My heart goes out to all of them, especially your family and friends.'

Jack Yido Marley added: 'Robbie, I miss you man. I wish you never left London, too many good memories that I will never forget. You will always be alive in my heart, god bless your soul brother, love you man.'

On Sunday night, some friends also met up to pay tribute to Robbie.