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Tributes to Asda worker, 23, found dead after working tirelessly during lockdown

A supermarket worker was found dead hours after seeming "visibly upset" over messages and a phone call linked to a relationship breakdown, an inquest heard.

Tributes have poured in for much-loved daughter Hannah-Mae Homer, 23, who was discovered hanged at a beauty spot.

Police and paramedics raced to the scene at Saltwells Local Nature Reserve in Dudley, West Midlands on July 1 but she was sadly pronounced dead.

Her family said she had worked hard throughout the lockdown and had clocked up 70-hour weeks in her role as an Asda supervisor.

She had been looking forward to a two-week break in which she had planned to go to a theme park with a friend, Birmingham Live reported.

Black Country Coroner's Court in Oldbury was told she was "visibly upset" after a series of messages and a phone call linked to the breakdown of a relationship.

She had 154mg/per 100ml of alcohol in her system but no other substances, the inquest heard on Monday.

A neighbour is believed to have spoken to her around 90 minutes before she was found at 2.30pm.

Her dad, John Homer, said: "At around 11am that morning we were sat outside laughing and joking, then she went upstairs to take a shower at around midday because she was going out to see her grandma.

"About ten minutes later, I heard her talking on the phone to a woman. Hannah was crying and crying.

“I’ve never heard her cry like that.

"She wouldn't tell me why she was crying."

He added: ”She was a very caring person and very funny.

“During the lockdown, she was upset she couldn't go out. She loved music and loved concerts."

Senior coroner Zafar Siddique said: "Hannah-Mae Homer was a very caring person who had a number of passions, she loved music, was hard-working and had a very good job at Asda.

"Earlier in the day her father saw her visibly upset and had not seen her that upset before.

"It appears there were some issues around a relationship.

“From the exchange of messages on social media and over the telephone, she was very distressed and it may have been from a relationship breakdown.

"Based on the evidence, I conclude Hannah-Mae Homer took her own life."

He recorded a formal conclusion of suicide.

A Just Giving page launched in her memory smashed its £1,500 target as donations flooded in.

A tribute read: "I'm in shock I can't believe your gone will always remember your craziness you were truly a lovable person with a heart of gold."

Another said: "Hannah-Mae was a loving and compassionate person who loved to be silly.

“She had the most vivacious smile, which would light up any room.”

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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