A heartbroken teenager said he had “failed” his friends and family before killing himself, an inquest heard.

Konna Wright, 15, was found hanging in King George V Playing Field in Station Road, Southminster, on September 19 last year.

He left three notes inside an A4 book, which was found by his grandmother.

In a note to an ex-girlfriend, Konna, who was a pupil at Ormiston Rivers Academy in Burnham, said: “I’m sorry I failed you.

“You are not to be blamed for anything. You are the thing that kept me going until I gave up living.”

Det Insp Christopher McGlade, the officer leading the investigation into Konna’s tragic death, told Chelmsford Coroners Court the other two notes were addressed to his friends and his mother.

The notes said “Please forgive me” as well as telling his mother he was “sorry” and “ashamed” he had caused “so much pain” to their family.

Coroner Eleanor McGann said to Det Insp McGlade: “My view is that it was his intention to die. Would you agree?”

Mr McGlade replied: “Yes I would.”

He told the coroner that on the day of his death Konna posted a picture on Instagram wearing the clothing he was later found in.

Accompanying the post was a message saying: “Konna Wright is dead.”

Mr McGlade added: “He also sent 11 messages to his ex-girlfriend on September 18. In the message he is still very emotionally involved with her. He is asking her to get in touch with him.”

Konna had struggled with mental health problems for a number of years, the inquest heard.

He had been referred to the Wilderness Project, a charity which helps young people work through anxiety, isolation and mental health problems through outdoor work.

Mr McGlade said Konna he had also experienced some deaths in his family which had affected him.

He said: “He had lost his grandfather first, and very recently a pet dog.

“He had that dog many years – they had effectively grown up together.

“That could have very severely affected him.”

Mrs McGann, who recorded a verdict of suicide, said it was clear “beyond reasonable doubt” that Konna intended to take his own life.

Speaking to his mother, father and other family members, she said: “This is an extremely sad case. It is always more sad of course when it is a child and particularly sad for the members of the family.

“I hope they can put aside the circumstances of his death and I do not mean forget Konna but remember the happy times you have had with him.”

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