‘Gentle natured’ schoolboy, 12, found hanged at home as teachers pay tribute

Tributes have been paid to a 12-year-old boy with a "warm smile" who was found hanged at his home.

Teachers have described Maxim Kruglyakov as having a "gentle nature" and talent for maths.

The Year 7 student was found hanged at his home in Bristol on the evening of Sunday, July 8, an opening of an inquest has heard.

Police officers, paramedics and a helicopter team were called to the area around 8.20pm that evening after reports he had been found dead.

Medics tried to resuscitate him, but despite best efforts he was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after.

Maxim’s inquest was opened at Avon Coroner’s Court on Wednesday, and has been adjourned until later this year, pending a toxicology report.

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Maxim – known as Max to close family and friends – lived in Bradley Stoke in Bristol.

In a tribute, Patchway Community School headteacher Karen Cornick said: "Max joined our school in 2017. He settled in well, made a small group of friends and was progressing well academically.

"He had a warm smile, a gentle nature, and was a talented mathematician.

"As a school community we are shocked and saddened by his sudden death and our thoughts are with his family at this painful time.

"Students are being supported where needed."

She also urged parents to speak with their children about Max’s death because they could be affected by the news.

Mrs Cornick added: "It is equally important that children don’t feel guilty if they feel no response – many children will not have known Maxim.

"We have urged students to be mindful of what they write on social media and to show consideration and respect for Maxim’s family at this time.

"If you feel that your child will need additional support in school as a result of this news, please do contact us."

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police added: "Officers attended a property in Juniper Way, Bradley Stoke, at about 8.50pm Sunday, July 8, following concern for the welfare of a child.

"His death is not being treated as suspicious."

For confidential support, the Samaritans can be contacted for free around the clock 365 days a year on 116 123.

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