Family pay tribute to 'beautiful and funny' teen with 'honest heart'

Family pay tribute to 'beautiful and funny' teen with 'honest heart'

10/07/2021

Heartbroken family say fishing-mad schoolboy, 14, was ‘beautiful and funny with an honest heart’ after his body is found in woods near his home

  • Mason Clark, 14, was discovered by police yards from his home in West Sussex 
  • He was pronounced dead at the scene, heard an inquest opened into his death
  • Sussex Police confirmed they were not treating schoolboy’s death as suspicious 
  • Teenager’s family today described him as ‘a true individual with an honest heart’

The family of a schoolboy who was found dead in the woods near his home have today described him as ‘beautiful and funny with an honest heart’. 

Mason Clark, 14, was discovered by police just yards from where he lived in West Grinstead, West Sussex, after his relatives became concerned about his welfare.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics he was pronounced dead at the scene, heard an inquest opened into his death.

On Thursday, the teenager’s family paid tribute to him, saying: ‘We are devastated by the loss of our beautiful, funny, creative little man.

‘Mason touched so many people with his offers to help others, his love of animals, fishing and the weird and wonderful creations he’d build.’ 

The family of Mason Clark (pictured above), 14, have today described him as ‘beautiful and funny with an honest heart’ after he was found dead in the woods near his home

The family added: ‘Mason felt supported by his teachers, his family, friends and his huge network of people that loved him.

‘We also want to say thank you for the police response to Mason going missing, for their compassion and we are deeply grateful to the ambulance service for trying their best to save Mason.

‘Nothing will be the same without Mason. 

‘He was a true individual with an honest heart. We will all be better people for knowing and loving him.’

A spokesman for Sussex Police confirmed that they were not treating the schoolboy’s death as suspicious. 

A full inquest will be held at West Sussex Coroner’s Court on February 16 next year.

A spokesman for Sussex Police confirmed that they were not treating the schoolboy’s death as suspicious. Pictured: West Sussex Coroner’s Court, where a full inquest will be held

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