A WIGAN community was in shock today following the sudden death of a local teenager - the 13-year-old girl was rushed to hospital after becoming unwell at her home in Mesnes Avenue, Worsley Mesnes, at 2am on Sunday, but died later.
The family, who are thought to be Lithuanian and had only just moved into the house, are now living elsewhere and liaising with police.
However, officers stress that there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and the case has been passed to the coroner.
A special crime scene investigation unit visited the address yesterday morning to carry out inquiries on behalf of the coroner.
The incident has left neighbours on the quiet residential street stunned.
One local, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s so tragic and such a shame for the family I’m still in shock at what has happened. I can’t believe it.
“I have a little girl myself and I cannot even begin to imagine what they must be going through - it’s unthinkable and heartbreaking to lose a child so young.
“I didn’t really know the family as they only moved into the area about three weeks ago.
“I didn’t see them that often.
“The parents were middle aged and I mainly only saw the dad with two babies in their prams mostly, I can’t say that I ever noticed a young teenager.
“They just kept themselves to themselves really.
“The whole street has been shaken up by what has happened.
“It’s so sad for such a thing to happen to a young family who had just started afresh in a new house.
“I noticed police vans outside on Sunday morning and I never dreamt that it could be anything like this, I honestly just thought it had been a domestic or something because it was so early.
“After living here for years nothing before has ever happened like this.
“I just want to send out my condolences to the family.”