A fund-raising appeal has been launched in memory of a 17-year-old found dead in a park lake.
The money will go towards the cost of the funeral and to buy a memorial bench following the discovery of Jack Crooke’s body in Longton Park on Sunday, December 27.
It comes as Staffordshire Police are still trying to piece together how Jack ended up in the water.
The Crowdfunder appeal has a £5,000 target. It has so far raised hundreds of pounds.
Appeal organiser Aminah Ahmed said: “Jack was just 17 when he sadly lost his life in Longton Park lake.
“He was a beautiful soul. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain his family are feeling.
“I’m hoping that the community can come together and show the family how loved their precious son, brother, and grandson was. Anything anyone can help with would be sincerely appreciated just to give an ounce of comfort to Jack’s family.”
Detectives particularly want to hear from anyone who was in the area of Carlisle Street and Queens Park Road, in Dresden, between 10.15pm and midnight on Boxing Day.
They have also released a description of Jack who was white, 6ft tall, and slim, with medium length, dark hair. He was wearing a black trench coat, skinny black jeans and tan boots when he was last seen.
Anyone with any information should call the police on 101, quoting incident number 133 of December 27, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
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