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Wed 24 Sep | Juliet's body held by her old nurse "Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,
that I shall say good night till it be morrow."
Juliet (Act 2, Scene 2)
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Exclusive! The bodies of Romeo Montague (17) and underage lover Juliet Capulet (14) were found today. The pair committed suicide when a bid to elope failed.

Romeo had taken a deadly dose of poison believing that his girlfriend was already dead - but she was only unconscious. When the lovestruck lass woke to discover he'd topped himself, she stabbed herself in the heart.

The tragedy comes only a few days after a brawl between rival Capulets and Montagues left two yobby youngsters,

Tybalt and Mercutio, dead. The feuding families are well known for hating each other. But they've now vowed to give up their ancient grudge in memory of their tragic teens.

The affair between the two began after a chance meeting at an exclusive Capulet ball - gatecrashed by rakish Romeo. Falling in love at first sight, they snatched secret moments with each other whenever they could - helped by a few sympathetic friends.

Neither family knew about the couple, who had even secretly wed with the help of local

who's who Continued below...
Juliet Juliet Capulet
A beautiful young woman with everything to live for, Juliet was the Capulet's only child. Up until these tragic events this quiet girl had never been in any trouble.
Romeo Romeo Montague
Well-liked lad around town Romeo always stood up for his mates.
He could handle himself but was smart enough to stay out of trouble if he could.
Tybalt Tybalt
Juliet's cousin Tybalt was driven by his hatred for the Montagues. A troublemaker, he had a reputation for starting fights. Friends described him as 'bitter'.
Mercutio Mercutio
Romeo's best mate, Mercutio was related to royalty - but that didn't stop him liking a joke. This party animal was a bit too fond of a fight, but he stuck by his friends.

holyman Friar Laurence. So when Mr Capulet's attempted to force a match on Juliet, it pushed her into the desperate plot that killed her.

With Romeo on the run after killing Tybalt, Juliet turned to meddling monk Laurence to get out of her desparate situation.

Bizarrely, his solution was to give the junior beauty a drug that laid her out, then fire off a message to Romeo to come to the rescue.

But Romeo rushed in to rescue his teen bride unaware of the half-baked potion plot and saw Juliet apparently dead - setting in motion two grim suicides.

What they said:
"But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun."

Romeo Act 2, Scene 2
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
Juliet, Act 2, scene 2

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