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Megan Hopwood's parents: She captured the hearts of everyone she met
10:28am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
THE devastated parents of a 13-year-old girl who died after apparently falling off a child’s scooter have paid tribute to a daughter who “captured the hearts of everyone she met”.
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” by her schoolteachers.
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.
Devastated parents, Paul and Nicola Hopwood paid tribute to their daughter.
In a statement they said: "Megan was a devoted loving and caring daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and best friend. She had an outgoing and bubbly character, with a kind and caring nature.
“She was a true friend to everyone. She had an infectious smiling laugh, which captured the hearts of everyone she met.”
Megan attended Halsnead Community Primary school before moving on to Huyton Arts College. She was part of the school netball team and her parents said she was excited about being chosen to represent the school in a forthcoming trip to Holland.
Her parents added that she loved performing arts, was a talented singer and enjoyed the outdoor life, sharing fishing trips with her father. Paul and Nicola added: "Megan was devoted to her family especially her Nan and Granddad with whom she stayed each weekend. She loved helping them out especially when they both fell ill.
“She was like a little mother hen with her brother, Josh and sisters Alicia, Amelia and Paige. She would keep them in check more than us.
"She was a popular girl a true and loyal friend someone you could always count on. We will miss everything about her; life will never be the same. She has touched the hearts of so many people.”
The family say they have taken comfort from the “lovely response within the community”, adding: “We would ask that we are now allowed some space and time to try and come to terms with the tragic loss of our much loved Megan. She will be sadly missed but never forgotten."
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 open at Whiston Hospital.
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