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Deepcut teen’s pals: ‘It could be us next’

THE father of a soldier shot dead at Deepcut barracks was urged by his son’s comrades ‘don’t let this lie, it could be us next’, an inquest heard.

Geoff Gray said the comments were made to him at the funeral of his son (pictured), also called Geoff, who was found with two fatal gunshot wounds to the head on September 17, 2001.

Other soldiers said they had passed the spot where the 17-year-old was eventually found and he had not been there, Mr Gray added.

He said the recruits had appeared uncomfortable and could not speak freely because there ‘always seemed to be an officer within earshot’.

The dad said he last saw Pte Gray two weeks before his death, when he had just passed his driving test and was ‘living his dream’.

He added: ‘The next time I saw him was on a marble slab and I was asking “who’s given you the black eye, bonny lad?”.’

An open verdict was recorded at the original inquest into the death of Pte Gray, originally from Seaham in Co. Durham, who was on guard duty at the Surrey barracks before he died.

The new inquest is being held after fresh evidence emerged.

His family say he had no reason to kill himself and mum Diane told the BBC yesterday: ‘We believe he was murdered.’

Pte Gray was one of four soldiers who died of gunshot wounds at Deepcut between 1995 and 2002, amid allegations of bullying and abuse.