Sunday 26 January 2020

Suicide teens feared cultural differences would keep them apart

Mert Karaoglan and Charleigh Jade Disbrey
Mert Karaoglan and Charleigh Jade Disbrey

Two teenagers who died after being struck by a train travelling at 90mph feared their cultural differences meant they would never be accepted as a couple.

In the inquest into their deaths, it was heard that Mert Karaoglan, 18, and Charleigh Disbrey, 15, ran in front of the train while holding hands in an apparent suicide pact.

Police found suicide notes at the scene near Borehamwood, Hertfordshire last June and did not look for anyone else in connection to their deaths.

It is understood that Mert sent a picture of himself and Charleigh standing on a bridge over the railway line shortly before their deaths.

Mert, an amateur film-maker, and Charleigh, an aspiring musician, both attended the local Hertswood Academy.

The head teacher of the academy, Peter Gillett, said that the pair were talented, hard-working and well-respected pupils at the academy.

His father, Sakru Karaoglan, 48,  has said that his son told him he would just be out for a couple of hours that evening.

Charleigh's mother wrote on a tribute site to the couple: “Charleigh my Baby my Angel, I just can't believe you have been taken from me like this, u are my beautiful very talented little girl!! Please someone wake me up from this nightmare. Please I just want my daughter back.”

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