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Tragic schoolgirl, 16, killed by train in front of her friend who rushed to help

A schoolgirl died after stepping in front of a train as a friend who rushed to help watched on helplessly, an inquest heard.

Lucy Fagg, 16, had been teased following a break-up not long before her death and received a social media message which upset her, the hearing was told.

On the day of her death, a friend who was worried about her state of mind raced to meet her at the station in Sturry, near Canterbury Kent.

But she was stuck on the wrong side of the crossing barriers as a train approached on March 6 and watched helplessly as the tragic student stepped in front of it.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her family paid tribute to the aspiring zookeeper as "the sweetest, most kind-hearted girl in the world".

A British Transport Police (BTP) probe found she had received some name-calling after a relationship breakdown.

An inquest at Maidstone County Hall heard on Wednesday how the sporty and ambitious teen had been feeling “a little bit down” on the day after siting an exam in a separate room to her classmates.

After school she went for a meal with a friend to "cheer her up”, and as she left him she ”skipped off, blowing kisses”.

She returned home before telling her mum she was going to the supermarket.

Rebecca Saunders, who led BTP's investigation, said it was during that time she received the social media message which upset her, telling another friend she was "done".

Her concerned friend went to the station with her own mum, knowing Lucy had been there before intending to harm herself.

As they were stuck behind the level crossing barriers, they frantically tried to alert others at the station to Lucy, who was on the platform.

But she was sadly struck by a train.

Her aunt later found an eight-page letter in her bedroom dated March 1, which contained messages to her family, friends and teachers indicating she no longer wanted to live.

Recording a conclusion of suicide, coroner Catherine Wood said it was clear her intention was to end her life.

Lucy's older sister, Sophie, 19, said: "She was the sweetest, most kind-hearted girl in the world; the most innocent and lovely girl you could have met.

"She was so beautiful and had a truly wonderful soul. Lucy did anything she could for anyone. She was an amazing sister."

Her mum, Tammy, 43, described her as an all-rounder who "achieved everything she set her mind to".

She said: "There was no failing in Lucy's book. Once she achieved something, that was that, next project.

"It was like a little bucket list – 'I wanted to do that, done it, I wanted to do that, done it'. She had to give things the best she had.
"There's not a sport she wasn't good at – diving, fishing, long jump, gymnastics."

Lifelong animal lover Lucy had a treasured pet chihuahua, Rosie, and had been offered a place at college to work with animals after finishing her GCSEs, with the aim of becoming a zookeeper.

She was also an avid Liverpool fan who "would never miss a game for anything", and a talented angler, who regularly spent weekends fishing with her dad.

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