Friends' lantern tribute to tragic Macaulay Freeman

St Helens Star: A picture of Macaulay Freeman that was posted on an open tribute Facebook page by friends A picture of Macaulay Freeman that was posted on an open tribute Facebook page by friends

HUNDREDS of youngsters gathered on a playing field and released lanterns in tribute to their friend who died last week.

Youngsters in Haydock have united in grief over the death of 17-year-old Macaulay Freeman who was found hanged at his dad’s home in Parr on Monday, January 19.

They gathered on King George V playing fields last Saturday, January 25, many wearing T-shirts bearing Macaulay’s photo.

A collection was also made raising around £400 towards the funeral costs. Some of the cash was raised by selling drawings of the popular teenager by one of his friends.

As reported in last week’s Star, an inquest will explore the circumstances surrounding his death, including looking at social media activity on the youngster’s account.

Meanwhile, a Facebook page tribute has been set up attracting hundreds of comments with many expressing their shock and upset.

One wrote: “Macca was always there to cheer people up when they were down, such sad news – all the people are here and missing you. So many young people’s lives are getting taken away and you should still be here with us today!”

Speaking about the event on Saturday night another added: “Loads turned out for you last night despite the rain. All your family and friends were there to celebrate your life! Just really miss you Macaulay:( I’d do anything to see your smile or hear your voice.”

There is a book of condolence at Amanda Jane Florist on Clipsley Lane which will be open from 8.30pm to 4pm before it is presented to Macaulay’s family.

The funeral is expected to take place at St James Church in Haydock tomorrow (Friday, January 31).

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