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Bereaved family thanks community for support

Inquest hears of teenager's untimely death

The family of a Peel boy who died earlier this year, has thanked the Manx community for the sympathy, support and compassion shown to them.

Fourteen-year-old Harrison Cushing was found by his brother at the family home in Oak Road, Peel on Sunday 17 May.

A narrative verdict was recorded by Coroner of Inquests John Needham who concluded Harrison died of asphyxia due to hanging.

In a statement read at the inquest (1 Sept) his brother Joshua said on the day of his death, Harrison was cheerful and acting normally.

Harrison was regarded as a happy teenager who had a good relationship with his family. He had shown no indication of wanting to end his own life, nor any sign of problems at home or in his social life.

Mr Needham offered his condolences to Harrison's family and commended those who worked tirelessly to save the young boy's life.

In a statement released after the inquest at Douglas Courthouse, Harrison's parents Neil and Natasha Cushing said they are confident bullying was not a factor in their son's death.

They went on to say they have been "genuinely moved by the compassion, assistance and support from the community within Peel and the wider Isle of Man."

Mr and Mrs Cushing have described their son as an amazing character who "left his mark on each person who was lucky enough to meet him."

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