Tributes have been paid to a British teenager who died after falling from the Lanzarote hotel where he was on holiday with his parents.
David Alexander, 18, was today named the victim of last week’s tragedy at the three-star Galeón Playa Apart-Hotel in the east coast resort of Costa Teguise.
Police said Alexander’s death was not related to drinking or any “inappropriate behavior.”
Alexander, who died in hospital shortly after the horrific fall, had just started a games development course at City of Glasgow College after leaving Vale of Leven Academy in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire.
He had finished school as an award-winning student after excelling in subjects such as mathematics with support for the difficulties brought on by his diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and Tourette Syndrome.
David Alexander, 18, has today been declared a victim of last week’s tragedy at the Galeón Playa Aparthotel in Lanzarote.
Mr Alexander and his family were on holiday at the three-star hotel at the time of his death.
Alexander was also a member of a charity called Golden Friendships based in Clydebank which promotes social inclusion.
Charity leader Jim McLaren said in a tribute on social media alongside a photo of Mr Alexander: “Sadly, David lost his life in a tragic accident last week in Lanzarote.
‘David was a very popular young man who loved being part of our club. His aunt Angela told me that it was like a second home to him and brought him great friendship and happiness.
“On behalf of Golden Friendships we would like to offer our deepest condolences to David’s family at this sad time.”
Clydebank College student Joe Taylor responded by saying: “One of my best friends in high school.” Such a nice and kind boy. He flies high David. I’ll miss all our happy moments.’
Karen Nally, from Clydebank, added: “David was a little diamond and Dylan adored him and considered him his best friend.
‘He was such a sweet, smart, fun little boy who will be greatly missed by my entire family. What a tragedy, my thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family. RIP David.’
Charlene Kielty wrote: “Absolutely devastated. “David was so sweet and an amazing friend to so many of us.”
Police said Alexander’s death was not related to alcohol or “inappropriate behavior.”
Alexander had just started a games development course at City of Glasgow College when he died in Lanzarote last week.
Ann McDougall said: ‘Heartbroken for David’s family and friends. What a lovely young man, what a loss.
Matthew Boyle, headteacher at Vale of Leven Academy, said he was “shocked and saddened” to hear of the former pupil’s tragic death.
Golden Friendships is now raffling off two signed framed jerseys that belonged to former footballers Chris Sutton and Mark Hateley to support Alexander’s family.
England international Hateley played for Rangers and Nottingham-born Sutton, capped once by England, played for clubs including Celtic, as well as Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea.
Alexander died at the Doctor José Molina Orosa Hospital in Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote, shortly before noon last Tuesday, about four hours after he was rushed out of his hotel, seriously injured, after falling from a second floor.
Informed sources said his mother and father accompanied him to the hospital.
A source close to the investigation launched by the tragedy said last week: “This was an accident that was not alcohol-related nor was it related to any inappropriate behavior on the part of the teenager who died such as climbing between balconies.”
“He was on vacation with his parents and they accompanied him to the hospital.
‘He fell from the second floor. The alarm was raised at 7:30 a.m. and she died in hospital four hours later.
“An investigation is underway, but foul play has been ruled out.”
Alexander admitted he would miss his school days in a newspaper interview in August, highlighting his success in subjects such as math, music, chemistry and computer science despite living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), an attention deficit disorder. and hyperactivity (ADHD) and Tourette syndrome. .
The teenager told the Dumbarton Reporter before starting his university games course: “My teachers have been very supportive of me and I wouldn’t have achieved what I have achieved without their support.”
‘In general, I can get distracted very easily, but the teachers have kept me focused on my work.
‘I know that it is very difficult to approach game development, but I am looking forward to starting the course and seeing how it goes.
“I have enjoyed my time at school and will miss all the teachers who have helped me over the years.”
In addition to his academic success, his love of the outdoors was recognized with the John Muir Award and the Junior Park Ranger Award from Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
He also spent time volunteering at West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare.