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Family statement – Death of James Jorge Jose De Sousa Stayton, 01 April 2019

The family of a young man who died after falling from a gallery within St Paul’s Cathedral, EC4, have issued a tribute and photograph in his memory.
 
James Jorge Jose De Sousa Stayton, 19, from Herefordshire, died as a result of the incident which took place shortly before 16:00 on Monday 1 April 2019.
 
His family said: “We are all in deep shock at the loss of our beautiful, talented and intelligent son. He had a deep passion for history and revelled in sharing his knowledge with others. He truly was a young gentlemen, always willing to help others where he could.

"With his wicked sense of humour and mischievous smile he could bring irrepressible joy to anyone in his company. Words cannot adequately express the devastation we feel, nor the love we have for him. The world is inarguably a lesser place without JJ.

"Finally, we would like to thank City of London Police along with all our family and friends for their support and compassion and we would appreciate continued privacy during this time."

Officers from the City of London Police have compiled a report for the Coroner on the circumstances surrounding Mr De Sousa Stayton’s death, which is being treated as non-suspicious.

The Coroner’s inquest will open on Monday 15 April 2019.
 
We would like to reiterate the family's request that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.


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