Leeds boy, 13, found dead in house

A 13-year-old schoolboy has been found dead at a house in Leeds.

Police confirmed that Damion Thornton, a pupil at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Halton Moor, was discovered with "serious injuries" at an address on Broadway.


He was taken by ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Leeds coroner David Hinchliff has been informed.

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A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: "We were called at 4.30pm on Monday, January 17, to reports of a 13-year-old boy found with serious injuries at an address on Broadway, Leeds.

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"He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The coroner has been informed. This is not being treated as suspicious."

Tributes have poured in for the teenager.

Mike Woods, head teacher at Corpus Christi, said: "There is a deep sense of loss around the school and our thoughts and condolences are with Damion's family and friends.

"Damion was a popular young man who was progressing well and he will be missed by many people.

"During this difficult time the school has pulled together and we will continue to support and help each other come to terms with this sad news."

A number of messages have also been left on memorial website Gone Too Soon.

Fiona Campbell wrote: "Such a sad ending for such a young lad. Why did you not talk to someone? Nothing can't be sorted.

"Still, you are now at rest. May you look down on those that loved you and let them know your peace. God bless you little man."

A dedicated memorial page has also been opened on social networking website Facebook.

Jenna Kate Hines wrote: "Rest in peace darling: Your family would be so proud of you. My mum and grandma are thinking of your family xxxx."

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