Police are examining Facebook messages posted by a teenage boy shortly before he was found hanged in his father’s home.
Tragic Macaulay Freeman, 17, was discovered by his father, David Brownbill, at an address on Cotswold Grove, Parr, in the early hours of last Monday (January 19).
His death came just weeks after an incident in Haydock on New Year’s Eve in which another boy suffered a slash mark to his face.
It is believed Macaulay, who was also known by the surname Brownbill, had faced allegations on social media about the incident and that some of the online remarks about him were hostile.
St Helens Coroner Christopher Sumner briefly opened and adjourned an inquest into his death last week and it was confirmed that officers had taken his laptop for examination.
They are expected to study social media as they attempt to establish the circumstances leading up to and surrounding his death, which police are not treating as suspicious.
Social media was flooded with messages about the tragedy, which has shocked youngsters in the Haydock and Parr communities - where the former Blackbrook Royals rugby player was known.
Many used Facebook to post tributes and tell of their shock and sadness.
One wrote: “Heaven has gained another angel and the sky another star. RIP Mac. Everyone’s missing you x.”
Another wrote: “I can’t believe your gone. Haydock feels so empty without you. Nothing feels the same.”
The inquest is set to take place at the end of April.