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School pays tribute to former pupil Tyler Davis from Lydney

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 04, 2014

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FORMER colleagues and teachers have joined the flood of tributes to teenager Tyler Davis.

Shockwaves have gone through the tight-knit Lydney community where Tyler lived since his death last Friday afternoon.

Police found the 18-year-old's body after being called to a property in Faller Fields at around 3.40pm.

They are not treating his death as suspicious.

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David Gaston, principal at the Dean Academy – formerly Whitecross School – in Church Road, said pupils and staff there were shocked at the news.

Many of them remembered the former pupil's happy demeanour.

Mr Gaston said: "Tyler was a student at the Dean Academy from 2007 until 2012.

"He was a lovely young man and a very popular student.

"Tyler was full of life and occasionally mischief.

"His smile could light up any classroom.

"We are devastated by the news and send our most sincere condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed hugely by everyone who knew him."

Tributes have also been paid to Tyler by his friends and colleagues at The Miner's Arms in Whitecroft, where he used to work as a chef. There they said his infectious smile was going to be a huge miss to all who knew him.

Landlord Mario Constantinides said: "Tyler will be greatly missed and all of our thoughts are with his family at this sad time."

Friends have described Tyler as a lovely, happy boy and have paid their respects on social media, describing him as 'the most amazing person you could ever meet'.

On Twitter, Lennon Billinghurst said: "Life is going to get difficult without you."

Another friend, Izzy Batcock, said: "Our circle is so tight, still a team. My life has fallen apart.

"I'm so lost come back @TylerrDaviss I need you."

Simone Weldon said: "Such sad news, heart goes out to all of @TylerrDaviss's friends and family."

Trained volunteers are on hand to give support and advice to help young people after the death of someone close at the youth branch of Cruse Bereavement Care.

For advice call freephone 0808 808 1677 from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm.

Cheltenham-based charity Winston's Wish has also recently launched a vulnerable teen intervention service, SWITCH, as well as its monthly drop-in session service at Leisure@Cheltenham.

The monthly open drop-in sessions take place in the upstairs cafe area at Leisure @Cheltenham in Tommy Taylors Lane, from 3.30pm to 6.30pm on the last Wednesday of every month.

The sessions are open to parents or carers, young people, professionals and anyone else needing support, information or advice from one of the qualified practitioners at Winston's Wish.

For information about the Gloucestershire drop-in sessions call 01242 515157.

To make a referral to SWITCH, email switch@ winstonswish.org.uk.

To pay tribute to Tyler, email citizen.news@glos media.co.uk.

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