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Teenagers had so much to offer

PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 March 2010

FORMER school friends and teachers of teenagers Rob Giles and Will Stokes were today waking up to the loss of two well loved and intelligent students who had so much to offer.

FORMER school friends and teachers of teenagers Rob Giles and Will Stokes were today waking up to the loss of two well loved and intelligent students who had so much to offer.

Both had left Farlingaye High School with aspirations of achieving their dreams and going on to enjoy success along the paths they chose.

Those who knew them believed they would go far.

Sadly, former pupils at the Woodbridge school are having to come to terms with the fact that their lives were cut short and their ambitions will never be attained.

Headteacher Sue Hargadon today paid tribute to Rob, whose mother was head of music at the school for ten years, and Will who she described as "intelligent" with "so much to offer".

She said: "The school is very shocked and saddened to hear of the death of two of our ex-students and our sympathies go to both families.

"Will left the school in July 2000 having taken his A levels. He was an outgoing and able student and popular with his peers.

"He was very intelligent and enjoyed debates and discussions. He loved his links with the Army and was a committed member of the cadets.

"Rob was also a highly intelligent student, achieving very good GCSE results. He had lots of friends and was always interested in music, willing to give up his time to support the school.

"He was a gifted cellist and guitar player and took part in many musical events, ranging from our Super Rock evening to singing with the a cappella group. He had left us in January this year to pursue a career in music."

She added: "Both boys had so much to offer and it is a tragedy that neither of them will be able to achieve their goals and ambitions."

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