‘Talented’ teenager who plunged to death in St Paul’s Cathedral pictured
“With his wicked sense of humour and mischievous smile he could bring irrepressible joy to anyone in his company”
“She tells me he was 19 years old, single, unmarried and born on May 10, 1999, in Herefordshire and he was a student.
“The circumstances of his death was that on April 1, 2019, he fell from the Whispering Gallery of St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
“There has been a post-mortem examination and the doctor has proposed the medical cause of death was multiple injuries, including a severe head injury.”
The inquest heard Ms De Sousa identified her son’s body at St Pancras Mortuary.
Ms Hewitt added: “And that has been the evidence which will open this inquest.
“Further evidence has to be gathered, that is taking place as we speak – I am not going to fix a date because the evidence is still being gathered.”
JJ, from Herefordshire and a student at Queen Mary University of London.
His family, in a tribute issued through City of London Police, said: “We are all in deep shock at the loss of our beautiful, talented and intelligent son.
“He had a deep passion for history and revelled in sharing his knowledge with others.
“He truly was a young gentleman, always willing to help others where he could.
“With his wicked sense of humour and mischievous smile he could bring irrepressible joy to anyone in his company.
“Words cannot adequately express the devastation we feel, nor the love we have for him. The world is inarguably a lesser place without JJ.”
JJ’s death came just 18 months after figure skater Lidia Dragescu, 23, died after falling from the same gallery.
The student was described as “beautiful, intelligent and kind” and a “soul from another world” by her heartbroken mum and sister.
“For Lidia, the world has been a bad place to live in,” they added.
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