Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

`He Wanted to Be Free ... and Now He Is'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

`He Wanted to Be Free ... and Now He Is'

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Byline: By Michael Stephenson

The parents of Adam Shad yesterday paid tribute to their son, after he was found drowned at a Scottish beauty spot.

Adam's mother, Jeanette Cooper, 39, said her 15-year-old son's death had freed him from the disability he had suffered since a road accident last December.

His stepfather, Terence Cooper, 36, identified his stepson shortly after the body was recovered from the River Falloch yesterday afternoon.

He was found a short distance from the Ardlui Caravan and Camp Site, in Loch Lomond, where he and his family, from Sunderland Road, Gateshead, had been staying.

A massive search was started on Tuesday afternoon after he failed to return from exploring an area around the loch, but it proved to be in vain.

Pupils at Heworth Grange Comprehensive School, where Adam was a pupil, will pay tribute to their lost classmate when term begins in September.

Speaking shortly after the discovery of her son, Adam's mother said: "At least he's free and that's what he wanted.

"He wanted to be free from disability and now he is.

"All the people, the public who tried to keep an eye out for him - thank-you."

Mr Cooper added: "We would just like to thank everybody out there, the mountain rescue workers, the divers, everybody who's been here for the past couple of days looking for Adam."

Yesterday afternoon Mr and Mrs Cooper said Adam's brother, Joseph, 11, had still to be told the news. His birthday is in the next couple of days and his parents said they were dreading how he would react.

Mr Cooper said: "He witnessed Adam getting knocked over at Christmas. I don't know how hard he's going to take this.

"How can you tell an 11-year-old boy that his brother is dead?"

Adam's older brother, Craig, 20, and sister, Laura, 18, had been anxiously waiting by the phone for news at their home in Gateshead. …

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