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Sunday 20 January 2019

Life will never be the same without our special angel

TRIBUTE: Family's gravestone tribute to girl targeted by bullies

THE family of bullied-to-death schoolgirl Chloe Coleman have erected a gravestone in memory of their pretty little angel.

As they gathered to mark the four-month anniversary of the tragic girl's death her family have revealed their agony.

A tired and pain-stricken mum Catherine and Chloe's grandfather Oliver told the Herald her death has brought "the most difficult months imaginable".

Chloe (13) was found hanging from the shower pole in her grandfather's Longford home on January 16. An investigation is ongoing but a senior garda source this week said it was nearing conclusion.

Chloe was midway through her first year at Scoil Mhuire Secondary School. Her friends and family say she was bullied by teens in the town. They say Chloe was not capable of hanging herself.

"There's no way on this earth that Chloe harmed herself. It just wasn't in her nature," her grandfather said.

"I've being fighting for answers since she died. Sometimes it feels easier to give up and accept she killed herself but I know deep down that's not true."

Oliver (72) ordered the gravestone as he fears he won't be around when Chloe's official headstone is erected one year after her death.



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The stone has messages carved in it from Chloe's parents. It reads: "My beautiful daughter -- a lady of substance. Genuine, classy, clever, gentle, pretty and witty. These are but a few of your many attributes."

Oliver added: "Chloe was the light of my life -- a very special and popular young girl. She was my little angel and still is. It's heartbreaking to know she's not there anymore."

Chloe was reportedly assaulted in the toilets of a disco hall two days before she was found dead. The Herald revealed last month she was picked on for not providing cigarettes to a local teen, even though she never smoked.

Catherine described life without her daughter as "hell" and said she can never forgive the local teens that tormented her.

"I talk to Chloe a lot. We were best friends. I visit her grave three or four times a day. She was so special, just beautiful."

It is understood Chloe had several text messages warning her not to return to school.

Chloe's death came just over a year after Irish student Phoebe Prince (15) hanged herself after being tormented by teens at her Massachusetts High School.

Five students went on trial after Phoebe's death but no prison sentence was served after all five defendants agreed plea deals. Mr Coleman has called on the Government to introduce anti-bullying laws in Ireland.

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