‘Come out’ row gay footie star found hanged

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A RIS­ING star of women’s foot­ball was found hanged days after a row over her girl­friend’s re­fusal to tell her par­ents about their re­la­tion­ship, an in­quest heard.

Katie Shep­pard, 20, who played for West Ham Ladies, sent angry text mes­sages ‘shout­ing’ at part­ner Nancy Richard­son.

The mid­fielder killed her­self on July 2, hours be­fore she was due to be­gin pre-sea­son train­ing.

Her body was found by her mother’s part­ner at her home in Sid­cup, Kent.

An in­quest at Croy­don Coro­ner’s Court heard how po­lice of­fi­cers had to break the news of her girl­friend’s death to Ms Richard­son in front of her par­ents.

She re­vealed that com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the two had been dif­fi­cult in the days be­fore.

A di­ary found in Ms Shep­pard’s bed­room con­tained a sui­cide note say­ing: “God for­give me, I sacrifice my­self to you and to your king­dom.”

A po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion and post mortem gave the cause of death as as­phyxia by hang­ing.

Record­ing an open ver­dict the coro­ner said: “We are left with a sit­u­a­tion where there’s re­ally no ex­pla­na­tion for why Katie died.

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