A 16-year-old secondary school student fell to his death in Tuen Mun around midnight on Tuesday, hk01.com reports.
A passerby saw the boy lying unconscious on a container truck at Rose Dale Garden residential estate at 133 Castle Peak Road, and called the police. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Police found what is believed to be a suicide note beside the boy’s body; it said he hoped his parents would not blame him and that he had gone in search of the real meaning of life.
Preliminary investigation showed that the boy fell from the building, hitting the truck’s container before bouncing into the gap behind the driving cabin.
His parents did not know of his death until police officers knocked on their door. He was an only child.
The boy was a secondary five student at CCC Tam Lee Lai Fun Memorial Secondary School, Apple Daily reported.
Sources said he appeared to have a good relationship with his parents and had good grades at school.
He had always been interested in science and innovative designs, and had wanted to be a scientist.
He had invented a can opener for people with physical and motor problems, which had won him the top prize at a school invention competition.
He also had numerous awards in other science and invention competitions, such as the Hong Kong Youth Science and Innovation Competition, a robot competition and the Soong Ching Ling Young Inventors Award.
Tang Chi-kwong, assistant principal at his secondary school, said the boy had conducted himself normally during the first day of classes. Tang also said he did not believe that school could be a source of stress because the boy had always been a good student.
The boy had a deformed left hand, but Tang said that did not seem to bother the boy at all.
His teachers and classmates also did not notice anything unusual in his behavior prior to his death.
Tang said the school would be in touch with the boy’s family and offer assistance.
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