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Friends remember teenager Alex
Monday 31st March 2014 @ 08:40 by Lisa B
Glossop Chronicle

Friends of a Glossopdale girl involved in a bizarre triple shooting in the States are convinced she had nothing to do with the killings.

But cops in Florida are working on the theory that Alexandria Hollinghurst from Hadfield and boyfriend Brandon Goode, shot officer Robert German.

They then believe the teenage couple turned the gun on themselves in a suicide pact.

Alex Hollinghurst: Remembered as a bubbly, lovely little girl

Alex Hollinghurst: Remembered as a bubbly, lovely little girl

The tragedy that took three lives left communities thousands of miles apart  in Hadfield and the suburb of Orlando, called Windermere, reeling.

But friends who knew 17-year-old Alexandria when she was growing up in Hadfield Road, believe she was blameless.

Tony McMylor who lived two doors from the Hollinghurst family until they emigrated six years ago, fondly remembers the little girl he knew as Alex.

Still shocked by the news, he told the Chronicle: “I am devastated, I still feel upset when I think about it.

“Alex was a lovely, bubbly little girl, really polite, I remember she loved art. I can’t believe she could shoot anyone.

“It must have been her boyfriend, who then shot Alex.

Brandon Goode: Alex's boyfriend

Brandon Goode: Alex’s boyfriend

“From what I have read and heard he was on drugs.

Alex’s family and friends feel the same and believe he murdered them both. They say Goode was the cause of Alex’s spiral into trouble.

The shootings that shocked two nations happened over the weekend, and in the hours that followed, were reported all over the world.

The tragedy unfolded when Orange County policeman German, 31, came across the teenagers in a wealthy surburb in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Suspicious, he called police  headquarters for back up, minutes later colleagues found the deputy dying in the road, with a gunshot wound to his head.

A subsequent search of the area found Alex and Goode, 18, dead from bullet wounds.

Police believe they shot the officer and then each other.

It’s believed the police found suicide notes written by the teenagers and the Chronicle can reveal that a friend of Alex’s in Hadfield received an email from her on Thursday, when she talked to her about suicide.

Mr McMylor feels Goode shot the officer and Alex, then turned the gun on himself.

“She had just graduated from high school over there, she had so much to live for,” he said,

Mr McMylor and the Hollinghurst family, were close friends.

He remembers Alex, then 11 and a student at Glossopdale Community College, emigrating to the States with mum and dad, Tom and Jane, and young sister Hannah.

Mr McMylor is in touch with the family and has sent his condolences.

Robert Green: The American policeman who was shot

Robert Green: The American policeman who was shot

Before moving to the college, Alex was at St Andrew’s Primary School, where head teacher Andrew Cartledge remembers her as a popular child.

“She was a talented pupil who was a pleasure to have in school,” he said.

“Alex was sociable with many friends and had an out-going personality.

“Our thoughts are with her family at this tragic time.”

Friends have turned to Facebook and Twitter to pay tribute to a girl they knew and liked.

Grace Etchells said on Twitter: “So horrible knowing a very close friend from primary Alex Hollinghurst sadly got taken from us in such horrific circumstances. RIP lovely xx.”

by David Jones