North West teenager shot dead in America

Alex Hollinghurst's body was found yards from a police officer who had also been shot. Police believe she and her boyfriend may have killed the officer before committing suicide.

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Father pays tribute to daughter killed in US shooting

The father of Alex Hollinghurst who died following a police shooting in the US has paid tribute to her. The 17 year old and her boyfriend, who are suspected of killing the officer, died from gunshot wounds in Orlando. Police have revealed they left suicide notes before their deaths.

Alex had moved with her family from the North West to Florida a few years earlier. Tom Hollinghurst posted this message on Facebook.

Firstly, we would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of police officer German for their loss. Three families have been left devastated by this tragedy. Alex was a bright beautiful girl who will always be missed and loved, Alex's death has caused a void in our lives that will never be filled.

We understand that this is news but we need time to grieve and would really appreciate the press and media giving us time to do so, we do not have any statements to make now or in the near future our thoughts are our own and will remain that way we would like to thank our family and friends for their love and concern it was gratefully received.

– Tom Hollinghurst, father


Neighbours of former Glossop teenager in US shooting speak of shock

Alex Hollinghurst Credit: Facebook/Alex Hollinghurst

Former neighbours of the couple spoke of their shock.

Locals in the village of Hadfield, Derbyshire, said Alexandria has a sister, Hannah, who is two or three years younger, and an older stepsister, Georgia, who is about 25 or 26 but did not live with the family.

The girls' parents were known as Tom and Debra Jane, or just Jane.

The current occupant of their old house, an end-terrace, said the property was re-possessed, then the family moved to the US, with letters arriving for them always addressed to Tom or Jane.

The woman, who did not wish to be named, said Mr Hollinghurst was involved in a concrete or building business before they emigrated and added: "I'm really shocked, I hadn't heard anything about this."


Tributes to North West teenager shot in America

Tributes have been paid to a teenager from the North West found dead in Florida.

According to US reports Alex Hollinghurst, 17, and Brandon Goode, 18, are believed to have killed themselves after the officer was murdered in Orlando.

Alex was born in Oldham and lived there until she was six. Her family moved to Hadfield where she attended St. Andrew's C.E. Junior School until the age of 11. It's thought her family left Hadfield for the US in 2010.

She was with us until the age of 11. She was an able pupil, sociable, with a lot of friends. Our thoughts are with her and her family."

– Head Teacher Andrew Cartledge
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British teenager 'was a great girl'

Grace Etchells, a former classmate of Alex in Hadfield, Derbyshire, said: "I knew Alex from primary school - St Andrew's Church Of England Junior School - up until about six years ago.

"That is when Alex, Hannah (her younger sister) and her mum and dad left for the USA.

"We were classmates for about three years.

"She was a great girl - she had zero flaws."

Ms Etchells also took to Twitter to pay tribute to the teenager.

Read more: Friend: Alex 'taken from us in horrific circumstances'

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Friends describe police officer as a 'true hero'

Tara Boers posted on Facebook: "Robbie was one of the greatest men I have ever known" Credit: Tara Boers/Facebook

Tributes have been paid to "true hero" Officer Robert German, the policeman found dead in the wealthy residential suburb of Windermere on Saturday.

On a Facebook page set up to remember the fallen officer, Tara Boers wrote: "Robbie was one of the greatest men I have ever known! He stepped right in as a father figure to my daughter and we remained amazing friends since I met him.

"He loved being a police officer even knowing the risks involved. My daughter and I feel such loss today and will love him forever," she added.

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