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A 13-year-old girl was found hanged at her home in Wales, an inquest into her death heard today.

Shoolgirl Chantelle Jones was discovered at her house in Wrexham, north Wales, on October 1, just after 6pm.

Despite frantic efforts to save her, the Castell Alun High School pupil was pronounced dead.

The teen’s school described pupils’ and teachers’ ‘devastation’ at her loss, reports North Wales Live.

At the opening of her inquest at Ruthin County Hall today, coroner John Gittins said Chantelle’s death was reported to him by North Wales Police.

He said she was “found hanging, not conscious or breathing”.

Paramedics were called and the air ambulance attended, but Chantelle could not be saved.

She was pronounced dead upon her arrival at Wrexham Maelor Hospital however the coroner said it was likely she “passed away while at home”.

A post mortem was carried out with samples taken for histology and toxicology tests and the cause of her death was deferred until a full inquest.

Mr Gittins said: “It appears the circumstances presented to me indicate an apparent act of self harm.”

Investigations are ongoing into what the coroner described as a “tragic death”.

Meanwhile, the inquest was adjourned to a full hearing which will take place at a date yet to be fixed.

Last week, Chantelle’s heartbroken parents said her friends will be able to say their final farewells as her funeral cortege passes by her school.

Her death has sent shockwaves throughout the community with a number of events being organised in her memory.

Tributes have been pouring in for the teenager, who was also part of the Brynteg branch of the Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force.

Her school said: “Chantelle had such a lovely way of showing she cared, and this was evident to all, but especially those in her close friendship group.

“She had both spirit and character, and we all recognised her wonderful potential. No family or community should ever have to experience a loss of this kind.

“School does not feel right without Chantelle. We will all miss her.

Hundreds also turned out for a balloon memorial to the popular teenager.

Chantelle’s mother Alison Jones said: “Thank you all. As her parents we are truly overwhelmed with all the messages.”

Her school community last week said pupils and staff had been left “devastated” and “heartbroken” following the death of a 13-year-old girl.

Acting headteacher Paul Edwards, said: “Our school family has suffered an absolutely devastating loss. We have no words which can fully express the pain and hurt that we all feel, and yet we know that Chantelle’s family are experiencing sorrow on an altogether different scale.

“Chantelle had such a lovely way of showing she cared, and this was evident to all, but especially those in her close friendship group.

“She had both spirit and character, and we all recognised her wonderful potential. No family or community should ever have to experience a loss of this kind.

“School does not feel right without Chantelle. We will all miss her; I suspect in ever-increasing measure over the coming weeks.

“At Castell Alun, we will support and care for each other in order to find a path through, but acknowledge that it will take considerable time for any of us to comprehend that such a promising young student has been taken from us in this cruel manner, and Chantelle will remain in our hearts forever.”

Beth Jones, student development manager for Chantelle’s Year 9 group, said: “We are heartbroken to hear of the tragic passing of our Year 9 student Chantelle.

“She joined us at the start of Year 7, and throughout her all too brief time with us it was so clear that Chantelle had a beautiful soul.

“She will be so very sorely missed by her family, friends, teachers, and peers here at Ysgol Castell Alun. Chantelle was a caring and loving friend and she tirelessly put others before herself.

“The amount of love, sorrow and upset shown since Chantelle’s passing shows the massive impact she had on everyone she met.

“As a school we will support our students and staff through this tragic time, and all our love goes out to Chantelle’s family.”

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