‘Young, beautiful and mum’s best friend’: Heart-breaking tributes paid to suspected ‘legal high’ Sale drug victim

By Marios Papaloizou

The family of a suspected former ‘legal high’ drug overdose victim have paid a heart-breaking tribute to a ‘young, caring and beautiful woman that was a wonderful person loved by everyone’.

Jennifer Whiteley, 27, from Sale, tragically died on Saturday after being taken to Wythenshawe hospital following a suspected overdose.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death has since been launched – though a packet of former legal high Benzo Fury was found near her body.

Jennifer’s family have now spoken about their sadness at her passing.

“Her mother is envied by their mutual friends for having a daughter who was also her best friend and her Father for having a daughter who clever, fantastic company, a faithful and reliable friend and able to engage with everyone she met,” the tribute read.

 “From the day Jennifer was born our lives changed.”

Jennifer finished her degree with a 2.2 in Psychology and started working at Creative Support in Fallowfield with ladies suffering from mental health issues.

Keen to continue her education she applied to do an Msc in Health Psychology.

Despite not having the required grades Jennifer received such glowing references from her former tutors that she was accepted onto the course.

“Jennifer was passionate about her field of study and wanted to help people wherever she could,” her family said.

“The overwhelming response from all the people who knew her is that this young, caring and beautiful woman was a wonderful person loved by everyone and her loss will affect them all deeply.”

Police were informed that a woman had been taken to Wythenshawe hospital shortly after 7am but died a short time later.

Investigations into her death are on-going and cause of death cannot be confirmed until the return of toxicology results.

Detective Inspector Frank Morris said: “While we understand that Benzo Fury is a banned substance, this has not changed our inquiries in anyway and we continue to investigate where and when the suspected drug was purchased. 

“However, we are still awaiting toxicology results and we cannot confirm the cause of the woman’s death.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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