The family of a schoolboy whose body was found in Wigan earlier this week have been left “broken” by his death.
Jack Parker was just 15-years-old when he went missing from his home in Tyldesley on Tuesday (July 28).
Police issued an urgent appeal to help find him but tragically his body was discovered the following day.
Tributes have since poured in for the popular Fred Longworth High School student, who “always seemed happy” among friends.
He leaves behind a little sister, mum, dad and step-dad.
Family friend Lindsay Hulse, who spoke to the Manchester Evening News on behalf of Jack’s heartbroken parents, said his family have been inconsolable since his death.
“I went to see his mum and as you can imagine, she’s devastated,” Ms Hulse said as she broke down in tears.
“He was always the class clown. He always seemed happy and had lots of friends.
“He was funny, kind and caring and was always there to listen to other people.
“It’s come as a massive shock to the family. My son was speaking to him the night before and he was laughing.
“He’s just shocked. He’s devastated.”
Jack, whose death is not being treated as suspicious, had been a bright pupil at school and was expecting top exam results.
Born in Swinton, the teenager had a passion for gaming and loved playing on his Xbox with his friends.
Ms Hulse continued: “The family are broken.
“He was very intelligent and was expecting A* in all of his GCSE’s.
“He was a lovely boy.”
A fundraiser has been set up to help support Jack’s family through this devastating time. The money raised will help pay for his funeral costs.
Touching tributes have been left on the page, which has so far raised £4,045 of its £1,000 target.
Anyone who wishes to donate can do so by following the Gofundme link here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/please-help-to-give-jack-an-amazing-send-off.