THE MUM of a student found hanged in Stratford after GlobalGathering wants her son's death to serve as a warning to others over the effects of mind-altering drugs.
Jon Coward, aged 20 from Crosby, near Liverpool, was found on Summerton Way, the footpath behind Evesham Place, by a member of the public on the Monday after the festival.
His family believe the Liverpool John Moores University student had reacted badly after taking an hallucinogenic drug.
His mum, Lin, said: “Jon was a lovely, intelligent, laid back, fun-loving lad.
“This is a terrible tragedy. We want everyone young and old to understand the potentially devastating consequences of taking mind-altering drugs.
“No-one knows exactly what they are taking or how they will react to the drugs. Never in our wildest imaginings did we think that this could happen to our beautiful boy.”
According to friends, Jon was showing signs of paranoia on Sunday as they prepared to catch the train home to Liverpool. He reportedly ran off before his body was found the next day.
Lin said: “We just hope that this tragedy will serve as a warning to others.”
Jon’s dad, Gary, said: “It is a heartbreaking time for the family. We are overwhelmed by the love and support from friends and the local community and we thank everybody from the bottom of our hearts.”
A post-mortem examination revealed that Jon “died as a result of hanging”.
A toxicology report into the drugs and alcohol levels in his system will be considered at a later inquest into his death.
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