We’ll miss you – friends pay trib­ute to tragic girl


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Suz Elvey

A pop­u­lar teenage girl has died af­ter tak­ing a recre­ational drug at her home in Sin­gle­ton.

Chloe Wilkes, 17, of Tun­bridge Way, took psy­choac­tive drug MDMA – the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent in ec­stasy tablets – at the house on Sun­day, July 27, it was re­vealed at the open­ing of an in­quest into her death last week.

She felt un­well and col­lapsed and was rushed to the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal where she died later that day, the hear­ing in Folke­stone was told.

Friends of the for­mer North School pupil took to so­cial me­dia to ex­press their shock and heartache.

Al­most 300 friends and fam­ily mem­bers have joined a Face­book group set up to re­mem­ber the teen, called ‘Chloe Wilkes! Lit­tle an­gel who’s now in good hands! We all miss you!’

Hun­dreds of mes­sages re­veal how much the young­ster meant to those who knew her.

Luke Payne, who was close to Chloe, wrote: “RIP. Can’t stop think­ing about you.

“I miss you so much, can’t be­lieve I won’t ever see you again. I love u so much! You will never be for­got­ten.”

Tif­fany King, who set up the page, posted: “Night Wilkes, have a nice time up there won’t ya! Will never for­get ya and just think­ing about our old child­hood mem­o­ries in the gar­den and toy room – funny times! Think I will dig out the old baby pho­tos of us on the bouncy cas­tle!

“Miss you loads can’t be­lieve this is re­ally hap­pen­ing.”

Group mem­bers have been sell­ing can­dles and col­lect­ing do­na­tions to give to Chloe’s fam­ily.

Chloe left The North School last year. Ex­ec­u­tive head teacher Jon Whit­combe said: “These are a des­per­ately sad set of cir­cum­stances and our thoughts are with fam­ily and friends at this most dif­fi­cult of times.”

The in­quest will be re­sumed at a later date when more ev­i­dence will be heard and a con­clu­sion will be reached as to the cause of death.

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