Three teenagers from a top fee-paying boys’ school on the tax haven of Jersey have been arrested on suspicion of murder over the death of a 16-year-old fellow pupil.
Tragic Morgan Huelin, 16, was found unconscious in the street on Sunday morning and pronounced dead after being rushed to hospital.
Police have arrested five teenagers, aged 15 and 16, who are now in custody.
Three of them attend prestigious Victoria College – where Morgan was also a student – in Jersey’s capital St Helier.
It is a selective boys school with £4,800-a-year fees which describes itself as offering “an educational environment of the highest order”.
Morgan, from St Lawrence, Jersey, was found unconscious around 9.45am by a dog walker.
The first three male suspects – two 16-year-olds and one 15-year-old – were arrested shortly after at a property close to where Morgan was found.
Jersey Police confirmed that all three attended Victoria College.
A further two suspects, both 16-year-old males, have since been arrested and remain in police custody.
Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Gull and Detective Inspector Steve Langford, said they were currently working of piecing together what happened.
Around 24 officers are working on the case carrying out searches, house-to-house inquiries and forensic examinations.
Following the death a Multi-Agency Critical Incident briefing was held with staff from the school, the Education Department, the Youth Service and Health and Children’s Service.
Det Supt Gull said: “The loss of a young person in any circumstance is very sad.
“We are treating the death as unexplained and based on the circumstances as they have presented [a number of suspects] have been arrested on the suspicion of his murder.
“He was found by a lady who was out walking her dog.
“She is okay, under the circumstances, she is a key and significant witness and we are in the process of obtaining a witness statement.”
He added: ‘We have met with senior colleagues [from Victoria College] and I think it is fair to say they are devastated.
“I am sure other pupils and members of staff will also be, in addition to the immediate community.”
Police have not yet revealed how the teenager died and a post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out later this week.
Friends paid tribute to Morgan on social media.
Tom Sinel ?posted: “Tragic news about Morgan, who I coached rugby and knew from Dunlop, sad to lose such a good kid so young. RIP.”
Aaron added: “And there you have it. What we all already knew has been confirmed. RIP Morgan. We’ll miss you buddy.”
A school spokesman said: “Following the tragic events of this weekend, Victoria College would like to extend its sincerest sympathy to the family of the boy concerned.
“Our priority at this time is to support our students, their families and our staff, and appropriate support is being put in place.
“The school is working very closely with the States of Jersey Police on the ongoing investigation and, in view of this, there will be no further comment from the school at the moment.”
Victoria College, founded in 1852, stands on an impressive site overlooking St Helier.
It is a very traditional school with around 730 boys aged seven to 19.