Deep sense of grief over two dead in pond victims

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The families of a teenager and a young man found dead in a pond near an Army barracks have spoken of their deep sense of loss.

The bodies of 17-year-old Hugo Wenn and Daniel Lloyd, 25, were found 10 hours apart in Reed Pond, near Howe Barracks in Canterbury, Kent, on Monday.

Post-mortem examinations revealed that they died from drowning and detectives are treating their deaths as “unexplained” pending toxicology results.

A 54-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released without charge and a 28-year-old man, from Canterbury, who was held on suspicion of supplying drugs has been bailed until March 15.

In statements issued through Kent Police, relatives of both young men – whose deaths triggered outpourings of grief in their communities – said they would be deeply missed.

The family of 6ft 3in “gentle giant” Hugo, from Barham, said: “Hugo was a lovely boy who lived life to the full.

“He enjoyed every waking moment and enriched all those whose lives he touched.

“We feel privileged to have known him, albeit far too fleetingly.

“He will be sadly missed by many and will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace, our darling Hugo.”

Both were well-known in the Canterbury area and were regularly seen busking.

Thousands of people have written messages of sympathy on Facebook and Twitter.

Mr Lloyd’s family, from Wincheap, Canterbury, said: “Daniel was a larger-than-life character who will leave a massive hole in our lives. His talent helped to reveal a unique and beautiful soul and we will miss him dearly.”

Tributes have been paid to Hugo by friends and teachers at the Archbishop’s School in Canterbury, which he left after sitting his GCSEs last summer.

His former headteacher, Michael Liddicoat, said there was a sense of complete shock at the school, adding: “In many ways, Hugo was a gentle giant who was about 6ft 3in so you couldn’t miss him.”