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Dad leads tributes to shining star Megan Hopwood after Whiston tragedy
7:53pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
A COMMUNITY has been left stunned after 13-year-old girl died after apparently falling off a child’s scooter.
Megan Hopwood was found unconscious on Eglington Avenue in Whiston at around 9.10pm last Saturday.
Members of the public frantically flagged down a police car to get help and though the schoolgirl was taken to Whiston Hospital, she could not be saved.
What led to the tragedy remained unclear this week as pathologists carried out tests to establish her cause of death. Police have said no other vehicle was involved.
The community of Whiston has been left shocked by the loss of the “bubbly” schoolgirl, described as a “shining star” of Year 9 by teachers at Knowsley’s Huyton Arts and Sports Centre for Learning.
A Facebook page dedicated to her memory has attracted almost 5,000 likes and a sea of floral tributes, messages and teddies has built up close to the spot where she collapsed.
Her dad Paul was among those to comment on the site.
He wrote: “We are deeply moved by all your tributes. If any of Meg’s friends would like to come and share their fun times they had with her with us we would love to hear them.
“We've heard so many already we treasure them all. We only get one life and we need to make the most of what we do have. Meg, in her 13 years, certainly did that.
“I was giving up on God after this but after seeing just what she has done with her life and all the people she has touched I really do believe that he only takes the best an in my Megan he found the best he's ever had.”
In one touching message her brother Joshua wrote: “Gutted you went. Can’t stop crying in school. I will remember u. I love u Meg.
“Never in my life will I have a sister like you god only takes the best so he took u sometimes it lasts in life but sometimes u go instead.”
Among the other messages Sammi Morris said: “So, so sad to hear about Megan. Thinking of all your family at this very sad time. Shine bright angel.”
Catherine Turner added: “RIP Megan, what a horrible shock. My heart goes out to Paul and Nicky and her sisters.
“She was a lovely little girl always smiling and looking after her sisters. Sleep well Megan.”
People will be gathering at Tesco in Whiston at 6pm this Friday (September 13) to light lanterns in tribute.
An inquest into Megan’s death is due to opened at Whiston Hospital.
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