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'Dad', family and friends' tributes to Truro's Callum Rice

By WBJeff  |  Posted: December 15, 2013

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Family and friends of the young man found dead in a flat in Truro have left moving messages on balloons in a tree.

The notes written in black marker on colourful balloons pay tribute to Callum Rice.

The 23-year-old was found in a property in Carlyon Close on Tuesday.

A post-mortem examination was due to take place on Friday and police said the death was unexplained but not suspicious.

The dozens of balloons began to appear tied to the tree in the park on Furniss Island the following day and have since been replenished and more have been added. Flowers have also been left.

One large red balloon bore the message: "RIP MISS YOU LIKE CRAZEY (sic) GOD BLESS SWEET DREAMS" and was signed from "DAD".

Another read: "I cried. A tear fell in the ocean when they find it that's when i will stop loving you."

Another mourner wrote: "All my love" and was signed "Uncle Carlos + family".

On the opposite side of the tree, one said: "Say hello to Mum [and] Grandma".

Messages on other balloons said "Miss you forever", "Love you Bro", "Diamond in the sky Callum", "You gave me so much. You were a pleasure to know" and "Keep an eye on us I love you Bro".

Cornwall Coroner's office confirmed it was investigating the death, which was discovered at about 11.45am after being reported to the police. An inquest is expected to be opened this week.

Mr Rice was known to have attended Truro College briefly.

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