Mar 11 2013 By Cheryl Mullin
A TEENAGE boy who died after apparently shooting himself in a quiet village has been named.
Police were called to the sudden death of the Charlie Booth at a property in Cobham, Kent, at 10.30pm on Friday.
The 16-year-old’s death is not being treated as suspicious, police said.
Charlie was a Year 11 pupil at leading independent school Gad's Hill, based at the former home of Charles Dickens in Higham.
News of Charlie's death was broken to pupils at a school assembly this morning.
The talented rugby and football player was described as an “excellent ambassador for our school” whose death has left his family, teachers and the local community “struggling to make sense” of what happened.
Gad’s Hill School headmaster David Craggs said: “I am sure you will all react with shock and deep sadness at this news.
“Charlie was after all a remarkable young man, who had such a bright future ahead of him.
“Our first thoughts are for Charlie’s family and I can say with confidence that they have the heartfelt support and condolences of the whole Gad’s Hill community.
“It is at times like this – to quote recent comments by President Barack Obama – we will all hug our own children a little closer over the next few days.”
Mr Craggs added: “Charlie was a friendly, enthusiastic, mature and self-confident student with so much to live for, attributes that make this tragedy even more difficult to comprehend.
“He will be greatly missed.
“His loss leaves his family, our school and the wider Gad’s community in mourning and struggling to make sense of what has unfolded.
“We have kept the school open today as a mark of respect to Charlie and his family and to also to unite in grief, helping and supporting his classmates and friends who may have been affected by his sudden death.
“Charlie’s legacy will live on in our fond memories of him and in the eternal love of his family.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his friends today.”