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Daniel Spargo-Mabbs death: Funeral takes place

  • 11 February 2014
  • From the section London
Funeral cortege at the Archbishop Tenison School
About 200 people lined the road outside the Archbishop Tenison's School

A funeral has been held in south London for a teenager who died after apparently taking ecstasy at a rave.

Daniel Spargo-Mabbs, 16, fell unconscious at the event in Hayes, west London, after taking a drug. He died a few days later in hospital.

A post-mortem examination was inconclusive, and further tests have been carried out.

The funeral cortege passed by his school in Croydon so friends could pay their respects.

'Bright talented boy'

Daniel Spargo-Mabbs
Daniel Spargo-Mabbs died after apparently taking ecstasy

BBC London's Alex Bushill said about 200 pupils and teachers had lined the road outside the Archbishop Tenison's School.

A funeral and thanksgiving service was held in private.

Daniel's parents have paid tribute to the teenager, describing him as a "real individual" who "engaged everyone he met, and those of us who lived with him have had our lives enriched by his presence in them".

Head teacher Richard Parrish said Daniel was a "bright talented boy".

"He was a great member of our school community," he said.

"I don't know how you can come to terms with this, we cannot.

Nicqueel Pitrora, 18, from Croydon, and Ryan Kirk, 20, from Beckenham, have been charged in connection with his death.

They will next appear at Isleworth Crown Court on 23 April.

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