Family’s shock at teen’s death

TRAGIC: Tributes have poured in for creative teenager Lorna Taylor who died two days before her 16th birthday.
TRAGIC: Tributes have poured in for creative teenager Lorna Taylor who died two days before her 16th birthday.

THE distraught parents of a teenage girl from Ealand who died two days before her 16th birthday have spoken of their heartbreak.

Lorna Taylor of Wharf Road, described as being “creative” and an “individual”, had just returned from Whitby Gothic Weekend with friends and had aspirations of going to Doncaster College to study art.

Stunned friends and family have been leaving tributes on a Facebook memorial page set-up in Lorna’s honour.

“We want it to be a dream. We can’t explain it, it’s absolute devastation,” said Alison (53).

“I tried to resuscitate her but I couldn’t. We may never know how she died. It wasn’t suicide, that’s all we know.

“It is the fourth death in our family in about five months, we’re devastated. Lorna was upset with the family deaths but she coped well and had learned to accept them.”

Lorna, who attended South Axholme School in Epworth, and a learning development centre in Scunthorpe, had experienced headaches and seizures in the past.

Epilepsy was ruled out by doctors following several hospital tests, her parents said.

The night before her death Lorna had been watching television with her dad Chris Taylor and drawing, which she loved to do.

“It was like a normal night. She’d had tea and we’d sat down to watch the TV,” the 49-year-old maintenance worker explained.

“We were watching ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ because Lorna loved Noel Fielding (one of the show’s contestants). She really fancied him.”

“She was always doodling and that night when she was curled up next to me, she had her drawing pad with her. That was Lorna all over, she just loved to draw.

“She wouldn’t conform, she didn’t want to be like everybody else, Lorna was an individual and that was that.”

Lorna’s room at the Ealand family home showed off her creativity and interests with posters of Japanese-inspired cartoon animation Anime and Manga, as well as a collection of guitars and martial arts equipment.

Having first taken up tae kwon do at the age of six, the Epworth Leisure Centre Kobra Lakas member completed her black belt last year scoring the highest grade in her age group.

She also learned kick boxing and enjoyed being at home with her parents, 13-year-old sister Hazel and three dogs George, Kira and Allen.

Over 40 people have joined the tribute page on the social networking site entitled ‘RIP Lorna Taylor’ where they have posted messages and photographs of Lorna.

Laura Jayne McCormack, who created the group, said: “I love you Lorna everyone does you will be missed, and treasured in our hearts forever and ever :) we will never forget you sweetheart, so I will let the angels in heaven look after you now unless you fight them off :) you little ninja! love you trillions and may you look down on us because we’ll be looking up at you. RIP. Lorna Grace Taylor,xxxxxxxxxxxx.”

Lissie Wilkinson posted on Lorna’s birthday: “Haven’t stopped thinking about you, Happy Birthday.”

Friend Amy Farr said: “I will always miss you Lorna!! ♥ xx”

People who went to Lorna’s funeral at Rose Hill Crematorium in Cantley on Monday, were encouraged to wear Cosplay - a type of performance art where people don costumes of their favourite characters which Lorna loved to do.

An inquest has been opened following her death on November 22 and has been adjourned until next year pending further tests.