Teen girl dies in freak Christmas tragedy
A teenage girl has died in a freak accident apparently while helping her father search for family Christmas decorations in the loft of her home.
Horse-mad Georgia Marshall, 13, from Barry, south Wales, was reportedly electrocuted by a metal ladder which inadvertently touched a live wire.
The schoolgirl was holding the step ladder while her father Richard, 54, searched for a box of Christmas decorations, BBC Wales said.
The teenager, one of a seven children, was from a family of animal lovers and grew up surrounded by horses, dogs and guinea pigs.
Devastated mother Glenda Marshall has paid tribute to her daughter, who died on Saturday, on Facebook.
Many friends have also used the social networking site to express their shock at the death and pass on their sympathies to the family.
"My beautiful light became a shining star today. Love u forever and will miss you till the day I die. My amazing Georgia. Words cannot say how I feel XXX" Mrs Marshall writes.
She has also posted a photograph of Georgia taken last Christmas, with the message: "My Angel, Christmas 2012."
It goes on to thank people for their support and help since the tragedy.
"This is so hard for us. I just wanted to thank everyone for all the support and offers of help this last couple of days.
"Thank you to all the people who have taken and are going to take my guineas for me. This will help me out more than I can say.
"I wont ever get over this, but all your thoughts and help are so much appreciated by all of us here. THANK YOU."
Family friend, whose Facebook posting reads Amy Twistedangel Hughes, wrote: "Hi glenda im not sure whats actually happened so I hope u don't mind me saying that im very sorry for ur loss and my thoughts are with u and ur family xxx."
Heidi Adams, posted: "we are so saddened by the loss of your wonderful daughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all xxx."
Another family friend, Val Norris, posted: "Words fail me. So very sorry Glenda.. Shine brightly sweet Georgia. Xx."
Jane Ellis, added: "Glenda, I'm so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Can't begin to imagine what you are going through. My thoughts are with you and your family xxx."
Police are not treating the death of the teenager as suspicious.
A South Wales Police spokesman said: "Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family at this tragic time for them."