Family pays tribute to beloved son with a 'bright future ahead of him', who died on the railway near Biggleswade

“We are beyond devastated at the loss of our beautiful boy"

Thursday, 23rd September 2021, 11:17 am
Updated Thursday, 23rd September 2021, 11:18 am
Leo Toze with his mum. (PIC: British Transport Police)

A devastated family has paid tribute to a beloved teenager who died on the railway near Biggleswade.

Leo Toze, 17, died near Biggleswade Railway Station on Friday, September 3. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

His family said: “Leo was a beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. He was also a dedicated and outstanding student with a bright future ahead of him.

“Sadly, he struggled with a deepening depressive illness, and, despite the love and support of his family and friends, eventually that illness overwhelmed him, with tragic results.

“We are beyond devastated at the loss of our beautiful boy, and our lives will never be the same again. But we have been touched beyond measure by the care and concern we have received, sometimes from total strangers.

“It has been some comfort to know that Leo’s name has been mentioned, and his life has been remembered, around the world.

“Leo loved animals, especially wolves, and so we are hoping to make a donation in his memory to wolf conservation charities.”

Leo’s family has asked for privacy as they come to terms with their tragic loss.

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