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Byline: Sophie Cross

A TEENAGER found hanged in a Midland park had a bright future ahead of her as a promising actress, it has emerged. Chloe Shaw, 17, from Acocks Green, Birmingham, was found by a passing dog walker in Langley Hall Park, Olton, Solihull, around 7am on Wednesday.

Devastated friends of the young drama student, who was about to graduate from Birmingham Theatre School, left flowers and tributes at the scene as they tried to come to terms with their loss.

Fellow student Lisa Gracie, 19, said: "Chloe was a great actress and amazing on stage. She was just about to graduate.

"We were just in the process of doing a major play for our graduation project - she was going to be a part of that. It's such a shame she can't."

Suzanne Edwards, 20, said: "She was lovely and bubbly. We were at the same drama school. She was always happy and smiling.

"People loved her. She would always stop what she was doing to come over and hug you. She was one of those people who maybe wouldn't tell you her problems, she wouldn't want to burden you."

Another friend, who wished to remain anonymous, said he could not believe what had happened.

He added: "It's baffled us as she was so happy. I just saw her two days ago and she was fine, the same old Chloe."

Staff and pupils at Langley Secondary School, in Olton, where Chloe was a pupil before theatre school, also said they were "deeply saddened" at her death.

A spokesman for the school, which specialises in performing arts, said: "Chloe was an outstanding student. She was popular with all her peers and well liked by all staff.

"The school is deeply saddened by this tragic news and our thoughts and condolences are very much with her family and friends at this difficult time."

Grieving friends left touching notes at the park paying tribute to Chloe's "beautiful face, loving smile, infectious laughter and beautiful personality".

One mourner, Ben Coleman, wrote: "Goodbye Chloe. I'm so sorry for you that it had to come to this. Even though there is not one of us that can understand this, I'm sure your reason was great enough.'' A note from Suzanne read: "I don't know where to start to even explain how much I'm going to miss you. You were always the first person to run up and give me a hug. You're such a lovely girl. I wish we could of helped."



Sorrow: Tributes are laid at the spot where Chloe Shaw was found in Langley Hall Park.
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Date:May 28, 2010
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