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Teenager threw herself under train after getting text cancelling a date

Antony Stone in London

Published 21/12/2011 | 05:00

Gabrielle Joseph, a 16-year-old aspiring model, who announced on Facebook that she intended to kill herself before throwing herself under a train at Briton Ferry station in South Wales earlier this year
Gabrielle Joseph, a 16-year-old aspiring model, who announced on Facebook that she intended to kill herself before throwing herself under a train at Briton Ferry station in South Wales earlier this year

AN aspiring model announced on Facebook she was going to commit suicide before throwing herself under a speeding train, an inquest jury heard.

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Gabrielle Joseph (16) posted a three-page message to friends on the social networking site hours before taking her own life on April 25 this year.

The teenager, from Briton Ferry, near Neath, south Wales, posted a message to a friend saying: "I am going to kill myself tonight."

An inquest jury was given copies of her tragic final words which made it clear she intended to kill herself.

Her heartfelt words were written after a teenage boy she had planned to go to the cinema with that evening called off their date.

Little more than an hour later, the teenager, known to friends as Gabby, jumped in front of a train as it sped through Briton Ferry station.

She died soon afterwards of multiple injuries.

Her grieving family have urged teenagers to share any problems they have by talking to someone they trust.

Coroner Roger Phillips told the inquest jury the teenager's final message was a clear indication she was going to take her own life.

The jury, sitting at the Guildhall, Swansea, went on to record a verdict of suicide.

Earlier it had heard that Gabby usually had a bubbly out-going personality. She attended college and held down two part-time jobs. But on the Easter Monday she took her life she had had what was described as a "distressed" day, including the text cancelling her evening date. Father Terry Joseph told the inquest that on the day in question she had appeared "groggy and pale".

After the verdict the teenager's family issued a statement speaking of their continued "devastation".

"We have received an overwhelming amount of support from family and friends," it said.

"We would like to take this opportunity to urge young people to share their problems by talking to someone they trust. No problem is insurmountable and there is always help available."

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