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28th March 2014

Manchester girl kills police officer before committing suicide

A teenager from Manchester has shot dead a police officer before killing herself in an alleged suicide pact. Alex Hollinghurst, 17, was found dead near the body of her American boyfriend Brandon Goode, in Florida. The pair are alleged to have shot dead Orlando police officer Robert German, before turning the gun on themselves. German […]
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A teenager from Manchester has shot dead a police officer before killing herself in an alleged suicide pact.

Alex Hollinghurst, 17, was found dead near the body of her American boyfriend Brandon Goode, in Florida.

The pair are alleged to have shot dead Orlando police officer Robert German, before turning the gun on themselves.

German is reported to have called for backup after stopping the couple in the early hours of Saturday morning. He was later found with a gunshot wound to the head, before being confirmed dead at hospital.

A statement put out by the local police department paid tribute to German: “The entire law enforcement community and the Town of Windermere are mourning the loss of Officer Robert German.  Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with Officer German’s family during this difficult time.”

According to reports, Hollinghurst was originally from Oldham before emigrating to America 6 years ago. She was known to be a straight-A student, who completed high school a year early.

Florida police have released a series of suicide notes that Hollinghurst left for family members. In a hate-filled note to her mother, Jane, she wrote: “I could write to you for days, but I know nothing would actually make a difference to you. You are much too ignorant and self concerned to even attempt to listen or understand.”

She went on: “When people compare us, I vomit on the inside…If I had stayed another minute I would have painted the walls and stained the carpets with my blood, so you could clean it up.

“You are a waste of space, ignorant, and a rotten cunt. I wish I were never born.”

Her notes to her sister and father struck a more loving tone. To her sister she wrote: “I need you to know that you’ve always been my favourite, my number one. You’re so much younger but you’re a better person than me, you always have been.

“I hope you never take a wrong turn like I did…I hope you realise that you are ever so beautiful. I love you.”

Hollinghurst wrote to her father apologising for disappointing him.

“I’m so sorry I’ve changed. I wish we could rewind. I love you to death, but I just couldn’t do it anymore. Ever y day became harder and harder.”

While police reports insist that Hollinghurst is likely to have killed herself her family believe that she was killed by Goode. A family friend wrote on Facebook: “I have friends whose daughter was murdered this morning in Florida…they believe her boyfriend killed her.”

Goode had been arrested a few weeks earlier of marijuana possession and possessing alcohol while underage, and had been arrested in 2012 on a charge of assault.

Speaking to the Mirror, her grandmother, Joyce Johnson, said: “He had changed Alex. She had everything to live for before she met him. Her mum is heartbroken.

“She self-harmed and put blood all over the walls. Jane was distraught. It was a constant worry…I think when he shot the police – because it’s serious, you can be executed for that in America – he might have thought, well I’ll just do it.”

Andrew Cartledge, the headmaster of her old school, spoke of Hollinghurst as an intelligent and friendly girl who was well-liked: “Alex was with us until she was 11 when she moved to America. She was an able pupil with lots of friends. She was very sociable with the other pupils because of her outgoing personality. Of course our thoughts are with her friends and family at this difficult time.”

 

 


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