Family Share Tragic Photos Of 15-Year-Old Who Died From Taking Ecstasy
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Just days after the tragic death of young Reece Murphy from a bad reaction to an ecstasy pill, another teenager's parents have shared heartbreaking photographs of the last moments of their daughter's life.
The mother of 15-year-old Shakira Pellow released the photos of her daughter, who died after taking a pill branded with the logo of the toy company Duplo.
Lee Butcher, who is the partner of Shakira's mother Rita Hole, told the Daily Mail: "It is the most awful picture and we discussed whether to release it or not.
"However, we want to say to other teenagers, 'If you carry on taking this stuff, this is what's going to happen to you'.
"Our Shakira is not coming back from this. This was her life and now it's gone - it could easily be you."
"I took the picture thinking I would show it to her later, I never thought it would go any further but now we find ourselves in these sad circumstances.
He continued: "We want this picture to stand in Shakira's honour and memory as a warning to others. We want it to help others by showing it. These drugs are not about having fun - it's killing people.
"We would urge anyone who has these tablets to hand them in to the police and to say where they got them.
"It's not grassing and it's not turning on people, because they are not selling what they say they are. This is about saving lives.
"We just want to raise as much awareness of this as we can. If we can save just one life, it will be worth it."
Three other 15-year-olds were taken to hospital in Cornwall at the same time as Shakira, two of them are thought to be responding well to treatment, whereas another has improved and is no longer in a serious condition.
Two 17-year-olds have been arrested on suspicion of supplying the drugs.
Shakira was thought to have been in a park near her home in Cambourne when she took the pill.
Paramedics were called at around 10:40pm on Friday after Shakira had collapsed. A statement from Devon and Cornwall police said: "All four teenagers are believed to have taken the same unknown substance, which police have seized and will be subject to further examination.
"This is a truly tragic incident in which a young girl has lost her life.
"We want to warn children and young people of the dangers surrounding taking drugs. This is a tragic incident, and we do not wish anyone in our community to go through the same ordeal."
After her death, her family released a statement that said: "As the family of Shakira Louise Pellow, we are all devastated about the circumstance of her death and we want to raise with the risks of taking drugs.
"Shakira was a young, bubbly girl with her whole life ahead of her.
"Words cannot even explain how we are all feeling at this time, we are all absolutely heartbroken."