Burned body of vicar's son, 18, found in family garage beside note that reveals he became 'overwhelmed by darkness'
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 12:41 EST, 8 July 2012 | UPDATED: 14:27 EST, 8 July 2012
Peter Baker, 18, was found dead by firefighters in the garage of the family's Slough home
The 18-year-old son of a Methodist vicar has been found dead after he set fire to himself in the family garage while his parents were out.
Firefighters found the badly burned body of Peter Baker after they were called to the detached house in Slough, Berkshire by neighbours who spotted smoke billowing from the garage.
Thames Valley Police said today they are not treating the death as suspicious.
The teenager's devastated mother, who was not home at the time, has revealed a note was found near her son's body, explaining how he was no longer able to fight 'against the darkness which sometimes overwhelmed him'
Fire crews were called to the home of the Reverend Andrew Baker and his wife Jill shortly after 7pm last night.
They broke into the garage and called paramedics to the scene - but it was too late to save the teenager.
police spokeman said; 'The incident is being treated as a suicide and
there appears to be nothing suspicious and no-one else was involved.'
He confirmed that the death had been referred to the Berkshire coroner and that a post mortem examination would be carried out on the body to establish the exact cause of death.
Reverend Andrew Baker, his wife Jill and son Timothy were away from the family home when the tragedy occurred, but rushed back when they were contacted by police.
A boarded-up garage on Upton Road, Slough, where Peter Baker was found dead last night
Peter's father Reverend Andrew Baker missed this morning's service at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Slough, where his son's death was announced to the shocked congregation
Speaking outside their detached home this morning, Jill Baker said: 'He was a lovely boy and we believe he's at peace with God.
'His passion was drama in which he
excelled, using his gifts widely both inside and outside college,
particularly in the Methodist Church of which he was a member.
'He devised pieces, mainly for solo performance and delivered them locally and in national events to share his understanding of God's love and interaction with humanity.
'Peter left a letter to us in which he
spoke of his inability to continue fighting against the darkness which
sometimes overwhelmed him
'We, his family, are shattered by the loss of Peter, who was a loving and much-loved young man. He has taught us much in his short life'
The congregation prayed for Peter Baker today at a service at his father's church, St, Andrew's in Slough
News of Peter's death was broken to the congregation at St Andrew's Methodist Church in nearby Merton Road at a service this morning.
The Reverend Baker did not attend and a colleague led prayers for Peter.
Members of the congregation described Peter's skill in dramatising stories from the bible through one-man shows performed at the Sunday service.
One man, who asked not to be named, said: 'This morning everyone was very sad.
'It was announced that he had died and it was very low key. Everybody was sitting quietly and we remembered him in our prayers.
'People prayed for his father as well. The reverend wasn't at church - the whole family were at home grieving.
'Peter used to do the scripture sometimes in church and he would put on plays from stories in the bible.
'He was very good at it - his voice and the way he performed were really impressive.
'He performed for the whole congregation during Sunday service. This has all happened so suddenly - we were not expecting it at all.
'For confidential support on suicide matters call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details
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