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Charleigh Disbrey 'a princess and angel' say parents

Mert Karaoglan and Charleigh Disbrey
Image caption Mert Karaoglan and Charleigh Disbrey died after they were hit by a train on Monday

The parents of a 15-year-old girl who died after being struck by a train in Hertfordshire have paid tribute today to their "princess and angel".

Charleigh Disbrey and Mert Karaoglan, 18, both pupils of Hertswood Academy were killed near Elstree and Borehamwood station on Monday.

Charleigh's father Matthew Disbrey, 31, and her mother Sandie Barnes said she "will be forever loved and missed".

The deaths are not being treated as suspicious, police said.

'Best friend'

In a joint statement, the parents said: "We will never fill the hole that has been left in our hearts and in our lives.

"Charleigh had two loving and caring families who will miss her every minute of every day.

"You will be forever loved and missed, our princess, our angel.

Image caption Matthew Disbrey described Charleigh as "my friend and my rock"

"Our thoughts are also with Mert's family."

British Transport Police also released separate statements from each parent.

Mr Disbrey said: "Charleigh, you were my friend, my daughter and my rock - I don't know what I should do without you. Daddy will always love you, princess."

Ms Barnes said: "My beautiful Charleigh, you weren't just my truly amazing daughter, you were my best friend. I love you so much and you will always be Mummy's angel."

Det Insp Andy Rose said: "Our thoughts remain with Charleigh and Mert's families and friends - clearly this remains a desperately difficult time for them.

"While the incident is being treated as non-suspicious, my officers and I are continuing our investigation and working to put a file together for the local coroner."

He said the inquest into their deaths would be held at Hertfordshire Coroner's Court, Hatfield, at a future date.

Any witnesses, or anyone with further information about the deaths of the teenagers, is asked to contact British Transport Police.

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