Leeds schools pay tribute to 19-year-old Chelsea Blair who died after being found at Seacroft bus stop

Two Leeds schools have paid tribute to 19-year-old Chelsea Blair who was found unconscious at a bus stop in Seacroft.

Friday, 21st February 2020, 11:24 am
Updated Friday, 21st February 2020, 11:38 am
A single bunch of red carnations lay at the bus stop in South Parkway, where Chelsea Blair was found unconscious.

The teenager was found at a bus stop in South Parkway shortly before 5am on Wednesday, February 19.

She was taken by ambulance to hospital, where she died a short time later.

Her death is currently being treated as unexplained.

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Roundhay School and Leeds East Academy have now paid tribute to the former student.

Leeds East Academy said: "On behalf of all the staff and students at Leeds East Academy we would like to express our deepest condolences for the loss of one of our past students, Chelsea Blair.

"She was a truly remarkable and special young woman and our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time."

Roundhay School's Sixth Form department also paid tribute to the young woman.

The Sixth Form said: "The staff and students of Roundhay School would like to join Leeds East Academy in expressing our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Chelsea Blair.

"Chelsea was a student with us in 2017/18.

"We are so saddened by your loss and our thoughts are with you all."

Many heartfelt tributes have been paid online by friends and family, who described Chelsea as a "lovely young lady".

Writing on the YEP's Facebook page, her cousin Katie Blair Morris said: "Such terrible, terrible news. She was loved so deeply."

Sue Ellen Draper said her son had known Chelsea when they were younger, adding: "She was a lovely girl. I’m devastated to hear this. Rest in peace angel."

Offering her condolences to the family, Stacey Longbottom said: "I worked with Chelsea. She was such a lovely young lady."

Lyndsey Kay wrote: "So sad. Such a beautiful young girl. Thoughts are with her family and friends."

Debra Eden said: "Chelsea was a lovely girl who I will remember with much fondness."

Although the cause of her death has yet to be confirmed, family members did reference Chelsea's struggle with ill mental health.

Thanking people for their kind messages of support, her father Paul Blair said: "Chelsea tried hard over a long time. I will miss her so much. I'm devastated."

And Stephanie Lauren Wray wrote: "She was amazing I had the pleasure of knowing Chelsea and classed her as a friend. I’m so sorry the mental health system let her down so badly."

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said a post mortem examination was due to take place yesterday.