HUNDREDS of shocked teenagers have paid tribute to a 16-year-old found dead inside his home.
More than 200 school pupils got together yesterday in memory of William Graham, who died on Thursday.
Flowers, candles and heartfelt messages were laid down at Crookhorn College, Waterlooville, where William was a year 11 student.
He was studying music, history, drama and PE, and was just nine weeks away from completing his final exams.
Friends said he was passionate about modelling and music, and was a talented pianist.
William was found dead at his home in Sapphire Ridge, Waterlooville. The cause of death is unclear but police confirmed they are not treating it as suspicious.
One of William’s classmate’s, Kate Douglas, 16, said: ‘Will was a talented young man with so much going for him.
‘He was a kind friend, an amazing pianist and a loved member of Crookhorn College’s family.
‘He was a close friend of mine, and we shared a lot of classes and therefore memories.
‘From the day we first met he always played piano in the school’s music room.
‘I was jealous because I wanted to play as well as he did.
‘I remember the few times he would try to teach me something complicated and I could only remember three seconds of that particular song.’
Friend Luke Folkard said the students are raising money to buy a piano and have a message engraved in it, which will be kept at the college.
Luke said: ‘William and I made music together – he was very talented.
‘I had only spoken to him about three hours before he died and he sounded happy.
‘Now we want to focus on remembering William and want to raise money for a piano in his memory.’
Friends have also described how William was able to put a smile on their faces.
One message for the teenager read: ‘Will was an amazing, strong, confident young man.
‘He would always put a smile on your face.
‘I will miss him dearly.
‘I will keep hold of all our deepest memories and hope he will rest in peace.’
Another tribute read: ‘Will was such a lovely and talented boy.
‘Everyone knew his name, he always knew how to cheer you up, and was always so supportive.
‘He could always cheer me up no matter how upset I was – he always had his ways.
‘I’ll always remember our jokes and banter over the years, and I will always treasure them.
‘Will, we all miss you and love you.
‘I hope you’re sleeping tight, angel.’
Police confirmed they are investigating the death of a teenager.
A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘Police are investigating the death of a 16-year-old boy inside a house on Sapphire Ridge, Waterlooville.
‘Officers were called to the address on Thursday, March 5, at around 5.50pm.
‘The death is not being treated as suspicious.’
Police also said the matter has also been referred to the coroner’s office.