Fashion Shoot Goes On for Hours Despite Dead Man

Models, photographers found dead man in warehouse but kept on working
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2016 12:54 PM CST
Nothing Could Stop This Fashion Shoot— Not Even a Body
Terrible.   (Getty Images)

A group of young Brits who broke into a Manchester warehouse over the summer to do a fashion shoot are now being decried not for the break-in, but for the dead body they worked around, the London Times and Manchester Evening News report. A Manchester coroner's court heard the details of the incident, which took place on July 15 starting at 7pm, when the group of eight, then ages 17 to 25, busted into the abandoned warehouse to take pictures for a clothing brand owned by brothers Andrew and Sean Geaney. Inside, the Geaneys, five models, and photographer Owen Birrell found the body of 27-year-old Declan Noonan, who had apparently hanged himself after disappearing four days earlier. The city's senior coroner questions the group's "moral compass" for what they did next: move around the building to take pics, then head to another site and stop for pizza.

Someone finally called 911 around 1am, six hours after the body was found, when the girlfriend of one of the Geaney brothers insisted. "At first we thought it was a mannequin," a model tells the Times. But what happened after that? Birrell said they came to a "collective group decision" to keep working, with others in the group citing everything from fear of getting in trouble for the break-in to the fact that they were short on time. "In all due respect, we only had that time on that day to get stuff done. … It [the body] wasn't going anywhere," one of the models says. Noonan's mother asked one of the models at the inquest, which ruled her son's death a suicide, how he felt knowing he was posing near a dead body. "I'm not sure," he said, to which she replied, "It wasn't that traumatic because you carried on taking pictures." (A rape-themed fashion shoot outraged India.)

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