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Teen tells of moments leading to friend's train death
A TEENAGE girl who was with Ryan French less than an hour before he died claims the youngster seemed his normal happy-go-lucky self leading up to the tragedy.
Ryan French, 16, died two weeks ago after he was hit by a train on the Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street line near Ferndale Road, off Hambro Hill.
Paramedics rushed to the scene to help the youngster at around 12:27pm on September 18, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Fellow Sweyne Park School pupil, Leah Hailes, 16, of North Avenue, Southend, was with Ryan a mere 45 minutes before the incident occurred, having taken him to Rayleigh train station for breakfast at 11:45am.
Hours later she received the harrowing news that Ryan, the youngest of three children, had been killed and that she was the last person to see him.
His pals completed a memorial walk for Ryan on Sunday, walking 17 miles to mark what would have been his 17th birthday.
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