Tributes paid to 16-year-old ‘fiercely independent handsome boy’ who died at Leeds Festival
He had just gotten his GCSE results and was going to university in September
David Celino, 16, died on Sunday morning after being taken to the Leeds Festival medical tent on Saturday night.
His family paid tribute to their son, they said: “Our son David was a fiercely independent and warm handsome character who lived 110% every day and enjoyed spending time listening to music with his friends.”
David had just gotten his GCSE and university results, his family said he had hoped to study computer science at a top university.
“The Leeds Festival was the highlight of his summer; ultimately to take his life in the most unjust, cruel and horrific way, we are broken,” David’s family said.
West Yorkshire Police are investigating the death and officers are supporting David’s family. On Sunday, police said they had opened an investigation into a suspected drug-related death.
Officers were called at around 10:16 p.m. Saturday after David was taken to the event’s medical tent. He was then taken to hospital and died on Sunday morning. Deputy Chief Constable Catherine Hankinson of West Yorkshire Police said: ‘Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased boy, and we have officers supporting them at this very difficult time. Although the exact cause of his death has yet to be established, one line of inquiry is that he had taken a particular ecstasy pill which was described as a gray or black oblong shape.
“At this time this is believed to be an isolated incident as we have not received any similar reports. Users of any drug that is not professionally prescribed can never be sure of its contents. and the risks of taking the substance.Anyone who feels sick after taking a substance should seek emergency medical attention.