The family of tragic teenager Lauren Johnson have paid tribute to a ‘beautiful young lady with a beautiful soul’ following her death.
The 17-year-old, of Blackburn Road, Oswaldtwistle, plunged from the top floor of the Accrington Arndale car park at around 10am on Thursday, June 5.
She was taken to hospital as a major trauma case but passed away less than two hours later.
In a statement, her family said: “The loss of our daughter has had a devastating effect on the family, our friends and the community as a whole.
“She was an altruistic, selfless, intelligent young lady who always saw the good in people.
“She was a beautiful young lady with a beautiful soul and was loved very much, however the difficulties that she experienced with her mental health took her away from us.
“It is clear to see from this aftermath how many people’s lives she touched. We were privileged to have spent her short life with her and it is a void that can never be filled.
“We are aware there is a lot of public interest in the way she died and the issues surrounding the Arndale centre.
“We have spoken to the manager and expressed our views that everything possible needs to be done to stop another tragedy.
“We are aware that many people have been affected by this incident with tributes and gifts being left at the Arndale Centre for our daughter.
“Should people feel they may want to contribute in the way of donation, the family are supporting Child Line and Young Minds as their chosen charities.
“We would like to take this opportunity to pass on our thanks for all the thoughts and love shown to the family at this sad time and to thanks all the services that have supported us through this difficult time.”
A funeral service will be held at Accrington Crematorium on Friday, June 13 at 3pm. Those wishing to attend are asked to wear odd socks, a trend fashioned by Lauren. Family flowers only and donations to Child Line or Young Minds.
DC Rachel Higson, of Blackburn CID, said: "Lauren suffered with mental health issues throughout her teenage years for which she actively sought help, engaged with professionals and was prescribed medication.
"She was a very intelligent, thoughtful and caring girl; she did not condone drugs or alcohol. "Unfortunately, Lauren felt that she could no longer cope with her illness and saw that the only way to end her suffering was to end her life."
A protest march is set to be held on Saturday, June 21 at 11am from the Town Hall to the Arndale Centre to campaign for restricted public access to the Arndale Centre car park roof.