Natasha tributes top 50,000
A WEBSITE set up in memory of tragic teenager Natasha Coombs has reached a milestone after more than 50,000 people visited it to pay their respects.The “Find Natasha” webpage, part of the Bebo social networking site, was originally set up by Natasha's friend Josh Nelli in the days following her disappearance.
A WEBSITE set up in memory of tragic teenager Natasha Coombs has reached a milestone after more than 50,000 people visited it to pay their respects.
The “Find Natasha” webpage, part of the Bebo social networking site, was originally set up by Natasha's friend Josh Nelli in the days following her disappearance.
Through the page, her friends initially urged her to return home after she vanished after a night out in Ipswich in August.
However, after the discovery of her body close to the tracks near Manningtree Station two weeks after she vanished, the site was inundated with heartfelt tributes and became a focal point for their grief.
The “Find Natasha” page has continued to help Natasha's friends keep in touch and has struck a chord with so many people that Mr Nelli, 19, has thanked them for their support.
In a message posted on the page, he thanked all those who knew Natasha, 17, of Fronks Road, Dovercourt and her mum Joanne who took her life in the same spot as Natasha, just a few weeks later.
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Mr Nelli said: “We have just gone over the 50,000 views on the site. I just want to thank you all for logging onto the site and continually showing your support and love for Natasha and Joanne.
“I know that all of the family and friends really do appreciate it, and I think it just goes to show how many people's hearts they've touched.”
He added: “Perhaps if you get a chance you could raise your glasses over Christmas and spare a moments thought for the two of them 'that got away' but who are certainly now in a better place looking over us all.
“Always loved and never forgotten. Thank you again, Josh.”
An inquest into Natasha's death found that the teenager was killed accidentally when she was hit by a train. The tragedy happened a day after she split up with boyfriend Josh Brennan.