Headteacher’s emotional tribute to teenager found hanged at home

TRAGIC: Jennifer Mather
TRAGIC: Jennifer Mather
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Mystery surrounds the death of a Leyland teenager, who was found hanging at her home.

Jennifer Mather, 17, was a second year student at Runshaw College, and was described as someone who “loved to dance”.

Mourners packed St Andrew’s Church, in Leyland, on Tuesday to pay their respects to the popular teenager.

Those close to Jennifer say she was a committed student, who enjoyed ballet and modern dance.

The former Balshaw’s CE High School pupil was heavily involved with the school during her time there, winning awards for her services to Christian life.

Recalling her time at school, headteacher Jo Venn said: “Jennifer was a lovely young lady, who represented all that was good about Balshaw’s. She was a member of the worship committee and a superb role model, as well as a prefect.

“She was always smiling and quietly got involved with lots of activities at school.

“Jennifer was a good ambassador for Balshaw’s, and was awarded the Diocesan Christian Leadership Award by the Bishop of Blackburn for services to the Christian life of the school.

“She also went to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury to represent the school when he came to Blackburn.

“Jennifer came from a strong and loving family and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time.”

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