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Teenage model, 16, killed herself under train 'after boy cancelled their cinema date' by text message

* Gabrielle Joseph, 16, wrote a three-page message on Facebook to friends just before she died

* A-level student modelled for fashion chain and dreamed of making it to the top

By Rob Cooper

Last updated at 1:49 AM on 21st December 2011

A schoolgirl threw herself under a train after receiving a text message from a boy cancelling a trip to the cinema, an inquest heard yesterday.

Gabrielle Joseph, 16, told friends on Facebook: ‘I am going to kill myself tonight’ because she was so upset at being turned down for the date, due on the following night.

The young model died little more than an hour later.


Gabrielle was described as a ‘bubbly’ and ‘outgoing’ teenager with a busy life attending college and holding two part-time jobs, including one at the popular Hollister fashion store.

She had ambitions of being a top model, and on her own website wrote: ‘In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.’

Her father Terry described her as being ‘groggy and pale’ on the day of her death near her home in Briton Ferry, South Wales.

An inquest heard that she had been left ‘distressed’ by the text at 8.15pm last Easter Monday cancelling the date and that 75 minutes later she died from multiple injuries after she was hit by the train near her home.

Gabrielle wrote a three-page Facebook message to friends telling of her upset at the text from a boy who cancelled their movie date for the next night.

Within an hour she was hit by the 75mph Milford Haven to Cardiff train.

Coroner Philip Rogers gave copies of the message to the jury but he did not read it aloud.

He said: ‘The last part of the message is a clear indication on Gabby’s part that she is going to take her own life.’

The jury in Swansea returned a verdict of suicide. Gabrielle, who was studying for her A-levels and lived with mother Julie, a hairdresser, and father Terry, worked at the Hollister fashion chain where staff are referred to as ‘models’.

Weeks before her death her portrait had been chosen as an image of the week by Digital Photographer magazine.

One colleague at Hollister said: ‘She was known in the store as a happy, party girl. She was absolutely lovely, we will all miss her.’

Her mother said in April following the death: ‘She was the most beautiful girl in the world, both inside and out.

‘Nothing will take away the pain and devastation this has brought to us as a family. We wouldn’t want anyone to go through this.’

A statement from her family after the inquest said they were ‘devastated by the loss of our precious Gabrielle’.

It added: ‘We have received an overwhelming amount of support from family and friends, to whom we will always be extremely grateful.

‘We are trying to move forward positively by attempting to increase awareness and understanding of the issues surrounding youth suicide and the impact it has on those left behind.

‘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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This is why it's important to instill love into the younger ones and have them develop confidence and self-esteem. So sad.

you're so right, that's the real issue, but it's tough, parents are too busy working and the media is too busy telling you, you aint shit unless..blah blah blah :filenails:

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