TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular Worcester teenager who died this week aged just 17.
First year student at Worcester Sixth Form College Jake Wells, pictured right, died on Tuesday after being rushed to hospital from his home in Great House Road on Saturday, April 5.
A West Mercia Police spokesman said an ambulance was called to the house at about 6.30pm following reports of a teenage boy wh o was seriously injured.
“He was taken to hospital and despite the efforts of medical staff, he died on Tuesday, April 8,” he said.
“Officers have investigated the death and it is not thought to be suspicious.”
Sean Devlin, principal at Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College , where Jake was a pupil until last year, paid tribute to the teenager.
He said Jake was “a very, very good student”.
“He was popular and hard working, someone who we were very proud of,” Mr Devlin said.
“He did very well here and went on to the sixth form college.
“It’s a tragic loss.”
A memorial and book of condolence has been opened at the reception of Worcester Sixth Form College yesterday.
Photographs of the popular youngster were pinned up and those who knew him encouraged to leave messages and memories of Jake.
Meanwhile, friends of the teenager also took to Twitter to pay their own tributes to him.
One poster, @daniekimberley, wrote: “Rest in peace Jake Wells .
“Such a shame.
“I will always remember him with a big grin on his face and that infectious happy personality.”
@MattBalloney tweeted: “Jake was a great guy who never failed to make people laugh and smile.
“Jake Wells was a ... brilliant guy.”
While @gladyouth wrote: “RIP Jake Wells, only met him once but he made such a big impact in my friends’ lives that I had to say something.”
@LiamSPreece wrote: “RIP mate. Not going to feel right not seeing you everyday, but you will be missed by me and everyone who knew you.”
He later added: “17 is no age really and it’ s such a shame when someone’s life gets cut short so early in their life , RIP Jake.”
Another tweet, from @SammiHuntbatch, read: “I miss you more than words can say.
“Knowing I won’ t see you again breaks my heart.
“Can’t believe you’ re gone, you were one of the best people I knew,” she later tweeted.
“I’ ll never forget you, love you so much! Rip x”.
A tweet from @sophiemayhunt said: “RIP Jake Wells , known you since we were little and still don’t believe it’s true!
And @JelenasBoy wrote: “R.I.P ‘Jake Wells’ good friend in primary school! God bless you :(.”
Messages were also posted on Facebook paying tribute to the tragic teen.
The details of Jake’ s death have been passed to the Worcestershire coroner.