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Tributes to tragic teen: dad's Facebook drug warning after son's death
A FATHER has made an emotional plea on Facebook to other parents following the tragic death of his teenage son.
Family and friends of popular Tom Rowley have created an impromptu shrine to the 18-year-old at a skate park in Canford Heath , Poole, after he died suddenly.
A Facebook tribute from Tom’s devastated dad John Rowley, read: “It has been a week now. I had to try and save my son, the pain does not go away.
“But now is the time to stop taking any drugs so your parents don’t find you dead as I have with Tom. Say, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no to drugs please.”
Exact details, however, surrounding the nature of his death are yet to be established.
The Daily Echo understands Dorset Police are not treating it as suspicious.
A post mortem examination has been carried out and experts are awaiting results of tests, it is believed.
Mourners attending the skate park memorial at Sherborn Crescent, Canford Heath, painted a picture of a popular, fun-loving lad.
Such was the popularity of Tom, around 100 people have been gathering nightly at his floral tribute.
This small skate park, which has also been daubed with personal tributes, is a known hangout for the area’s young people.
Friends spoke of their “disbelief” over his death, which happened on August 5.
Tom’s girlfriend Tasha Long, 16, also paid her own moving tribute.
She said: “Rest in peace angel. I miss you so much and I’ll never forget you.
“ You’re one in a million. Love you so much baby.”
Among the messages of condolence are scores of tea-light candles, that have been lit in memory of the former Bournemouth and Poole college student.
Another heartbreaking tribute, believed to be written by Tom’s nieces, simply stated: “We’ll miss you Uncle Tom.”
Even bottles of beer, cigarettes and some of Tom’s favourite snack food has been left at the foot of the growing memorial.
A tribute in the park from friend Shanice Heckford, read: “Still cannot believe you’re gone. You didn’t deserve to go.
“Why is it the good ones get taken?”