THE school attended by Reece Tansey said it was "shocked and saddened" by the death of their Year 10 pupil ­— and stressed it would be supporting the "close-knit community" in the wake of the tragedy.

The 15-year-old schoolboy was rushed to hospital just before 5am but despite the best efforts of medical teams did not survive his injuries.

A murder investigation has now been launched.

In a statement the Farnworth school said: "It is with great sadness that we are contacting you to inform you that an incident occurred in the local community at 4.40am this morning resulting in the tragic death of a Year 10 student of Harper Green School.

"The school community is shocked and saddened by this terrible news and our thoughts are with the student’s family and friends at this difficult time.

"For a life to be ended at such a young age is a total tragedy.

"We will ensure any students who need it receive support and advice through our pastoral system.

"Harper Green is a close-knit community, we will work together over the coming days and weeks in supporting all those affected.

"If you feel your child needs additional support during this time please contact their year team."