Family pay tribute to teenage son

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THE family of a Wigan teenager found dead at home have paid heartfelt tributes to their “adored son”.

Parents Carole and Marco and twin sister Gabriella today remembered 17-year-old Alessandro Ferro as an “incredibly popular and likeable young man.”

Alessandro Ferro and twin sister Gabriella

Alessandro Ferro and twin sister Gabriella

Still in shock, mum Carole said she had been overwhelmed at the amount of support they have received since his death last week.

At the family home in Green Lane, Standish, she said: “It’s amazing how many people have come round to share memories of Alessandro, he wouldn’t have believed it that he was so popular. But he really did touch so many people’s lives.

“He had an amazing circle of best friends who he was really close to, everybody has just been devastated.”

His parents are no longer together but Marco has flown in from his new home in South Africa to be with his family. Grandparents Joyce, Stan, Eileen and David have also been left distraught by their loss.

The Standish teenager was just starting his second year at Runshaw College in Leyland, studying computing and ICT.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the tragedy and that the matter has been passed to the coroner. An inquest opened into Alessandro’s death at Bolton on Tuesday and was then adjourned pending further inquiries.

The elder twin by just three minutes – of which he was immensely proud – Alessandro shared his hopes and dreams with sister Gabriella.

She said: “Alessandro has always been into technology and was amazing at it. He even once built three or four computers from scratch.

“He was also 17 going on 35. He had such a depth and maturity about him.

“His main passion was the dream of travelling the world one day. He used to always talk about wanting to visit places such as Iceland and Sweden and he was just so independent – he always had such big ideas and that’s what I admired about him.”

As a keen Liverpool and Wigan Athletic fan, Alessandro tried to catch every game. He was also passionate about music and his favourite band was LostAlone.

In learning the bass guitar since the beginning of the year, he hoped to one day set up a band of his own.

Andy McGlown, headteacher of St Peter’s said: “Alessandro was a caring and polite young man. He had a number of close friends at school and will be missed a great deal. He loved photography, which he took to GCSE.

“He also had an interest in clocks and watches and combined these interests often in the photographs he produced. He is remembered very fondly by all who taught him.”

A spokesman from Runshaw College added: “The news is very sad and unexpected. He was always a lovely, smartly dressed young man who was well-liked and respected by both students and staff here at the college.

“He had a close circle of friends and was extremely popular, happy and personable. He will be much missed by many.

“Alessandro had done well in his exams and was progressing into the second year here at Runshaw in the hope of going on to gain an apprenticeship.”

Hundreds of friends and family have taken to social media to share their memories of Alessandro.

Chloe said: “RIP Alessandro Ferro. It was lovely to meet and know you.”

Elsa Forbes said: “Rest In Peace Alessandro Ferro, such a tragic loss. I only met him briefly, but he was always so lovely. I’m sure he’ll be missed by many.”

The funeral will take place on Monday at 1.45pm on September 22 at St Marie’s Church in Standish.

A JustGiving page has been set up in Alessandro’s memory in aid of the Mind charity. To donate visit http://www.justgiving.com/remember/147176/Alessandro-Ferro.