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Inquest into air gun death opens

Rhys Johnson
Rhys Johnson's death is 'traumatic for all concerned,' say police

The parents of a 10-year-old boy who was shot with an air gun have attended a brief inquest hearing into his death.

Rhys Johnson was taken to hospital with fatal injuries on Sunday after the incident near his home in Llansamlet, Swansea.

South Wales Police initially spoke with a 12-year-old boy, who knew Rhys. He has since been released.

Swansea coroner Philip Rogers heard basic details about the boy's life before adjourning the proceedings.

Rhys' father David Johnson, who attended the hearing with his wife and Rhys' mother Wendy, confirmed the name, age, home address and date of death of his son.

He said he was 36 and a garage manager and his wife, 35, worked as a customer services adviser.

'Tragic accident'

Mr Rogers thanked them both for attending and said: "It is not my intention to hear any other evidence today and I will now adjourn these proceedings to such time as I receive a report from the coroner's officer on the sad circumstances surrounding Rhys' death."

Police issued a statement on Tuesday saying Rhys had died as the result of "a tragic accident".

In a tribute, Rhys's family said they were heartbroken.

"Rhys was a very special little boy who enjoyed his young life to the full. He was popular with school friends and teachers alike and always looked forward to going to school," they said.

"Losing Rhys in such tragic circumstances has had a devastating effect on our family.

"Words cannot describe how much we will miss Rhys, our hearts are broken and he will always be in our thoughts."

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