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First picture of boy, 9, killed by lightning strike as he played football


Lancashire Live reports heartfelt tributes have been paid to the youngster today, whose photo has been shared.

He was the middle child of three, and a massive Liverpool FC fan.

He played for the Under 9s team at Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club, who described him as “an inspiration to everyone that he met”.

A spokesperson for the club said: “It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart we announce that the tragic incident yesterday involved one of our own players.

“Jordan of our U9 Bees, tragically passed away yesterday evening doing what he loved. Jordan was a shining light and an inspiration to everyone that he met. A strong, determined and courageous young man, who will be missed by everyone.

“The world has truly lost an extraordinary young man, who had done so much good in his community,

“We cannot begin to imagine the grief of the family. Our thoughts, prayers, love and hugs go out to them all and to his teammates, friends and coaches who are devastated by the loss.

“The Club will be working with the FA to support the family and anyone touched by this tragedy and ensure they get the help they need. At this time, whilst we come to terms with this most devastating loss, we will not be making any further comment.

“Fly High Young Man, Sleep Tight and God Bless.”

Jordan’s devastated family, who live in Blackpool, are being supported by officers.

Spirit of Youth Junior Football Club play at the field in the town.

A statement from the club said: “It is with deepest regret that we have to report the news that the young boy who was struck by lightning earlier this evening has sadly passed away.

“The tragic incident happened on our home ground at Common Edge playing fields but it was not during a club training session.

“As a club, we are heartbroken and we offer our deepest condolences to the boy’s family.

“Spirit of Youth is a family and we are entrenched in the local community, and we will give whatever support is required to both the family and to those that were with him at the time.

“We would ask that people respect the privacy of the family at this most tragic of times.

“Rest In Peace young man.”

In a statement issued yesterday, Det Supt Nick Connaughton of Lancashire Police said: “This is a truly devastating incident and our thoughts are wholeheartedly with the family and friends of the young boy, who has passed away, at this very sad and distressing time.”

School Road was shut between Common Edge Road and Midgeland Road but reopened shortly after 7pm yesterday.

An appeal for witnesses and information is underway, police have confirmed.


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