Teenagers Turn Out To Pay Their Respects To Issy

Emotional vigil held on Chiswick Back Common attended by family and friends

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More than hundred teenagers turned out to pay their respects to their friend Issy Reilly on Monday 25th April.

The emotional vigil, held on Chiswick (Back) Common where Issy would often hang out with her friends, saw a number of pink and white balloons released into the air in memory of the 15-year-old Chiswick school girlfriend who died after taking what is believed to be ecstasy in the early hours of Saturday 23rd April.

Issy's 17 year old brother Jack was among those who laid flowers and messages around a tree.

One read: "RIP Issy. Heaven has gained a beautiful, cheeky angel. You were taken from us too soon. We will miss you so much. Never to be forgotten."

Chiswick Community School teacher Jayne Williamson, said the whole school was devastated over what had happened to a "larger than life, lovely character" who will be sadly missed. She added: "We all know the kind of things teenagers get into. She got caught out. Everyone is just racked with grief."

60 year old Institute of Education lecturer Brian Dodgeon, whose daughter hosted the party, was arrested on suspicion of drug possession and child abandonment and bailed until June.

Institute Director Professor Chris Husbands said: "The institute was deeply sorry to hear of the tragic events and extends its sympathy to Isobel Reilly's family and friends.

"We understand that a police inquiry has begun into those events. My senior team and I will be meeting tomorrow morning to make appropriate decisions on the way we will proceed."

Detective Sergeant Neil Philpott, from Kensington and Chelsea borough, said: "We are yet to make contact with all those who attended and would ask anyone who was present at any point during the evening to make contact with officers by calling 0300 123 1212. Alternatively, you can speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

April 26, 2011