On Tuesday, when Jordan Banks was on the football field in Blackpool, he was hit by lightning. Police were quickly called to the scene, but after being transported to hospital with serious injuries, the boy was later found dead, writes The Guardian.
Jordan Banks was nine years old, cheered on Liverpool, loved to play football, and ran charity races to raise money for mental health.
– Yesterday our world stopped. We lost the shining star, our beautiful boy, Jordan. His laughter, the infectious smile, the golden curls – he was our everything. Sleep well, beautiful boy, the family said in a statement issued by Lancashire police.
Blackpool was hit by the powerful storm on Tuesday, and according to BBC meteorologist Simon King, there must have been close to 3,000 lightning strikes in northern England between four and midnight on Tuesday.
The tragic event has shaken several in England, and on Twitter there are several who show concern with publications marked with #RIPLittleMan.
– A special boy who was taken from us too soon. RIP Jordan, YNWA, writes Liverpool midfielder James Milner on Twitter.
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has also commented on the tragic incident.
– Our thoughts and prayers go to Jordan Banks’ family, friends and teammates, writes Dalglish.
Local communities in mourning
Banks’ football club, Clifton Rangers, has published a post on Facebook in which they pay tribute to the young boy.
– Jordan was a shining light and an inspiration to everyone he met. A strong, determined and brave young man, who will be missed by all. The world has really lost an extraordinary young man, who has done so much good in his community, writes among other things the club.
Friends and acquaintances have visited the football field where the accident took place and laid flowers and footballs in memory of Banks.
The tourist attraction Blackpool Tower lit up with a red light, in memory of the young Liverpool supporter.
“Tonight we stand with Jordan Banks’ family, friends and the local community to remember a remarkable young man,” wrote one of the tower’s employees. Twitter.