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Jordan Banks: Family pays tribute to boy, 9, killed after being struck by lightning

Written by on 13 May 2021

The family of a nine-year-old boy who died after apparently being struck by lightning have paid tribute to their “beautiful boy”, saying “he was our everything”.

Jordan Banks is thought to have died after being struck by lightning on a football field in Blackpool. Police officers were called shortly after 5pm on Tuesday to fields near to School Road after reports a child had been injured.

Emergency services attended and the boy was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

Jordan banks Image: Jordan has been described as a ‘beautiful boy’ by his family

In a statement, Jordan’s family said: “Yesterday our worlds stopped. We lost the brightest star our beautiful boy Jordan.

“His laugh, that infectious smile, golden curls, he was our everything.

“Wise beyond his years, caring, considerate, generous and so loving. Our love is endless. Goodnight beautiful boy.

“We thank you all for your kind words and support but as a family ask that you respect our wishes and privacy.”

On Wednesday Blackpool Tower was lit in red for Jordan Banks in memory of his love of Liverpool football club Image: On Wednesday Blackpool Tower was lit up in red for Jordan Banks in memory of his love of Liverpool football club

Blackpool Tower was lit up in red. A tweet from staff at the landmark said: “Yesterday our community lost one of its brightest lights, so this evening we stand alongside Jordan Banks family, friends and our community to remember a remarkable young man. #LiverpoolFC.”

Friends have also paid tribute to Jordan and flowers and gifts have been left at the scene of the incident.

Jordan’s best friend CJ Campbell told Sky News: “I started crying straight away as soon as I heard [the news] because he is my very best friend in my class at school.

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CJ Campbell described Jordan as his best friend in school

“I was so shocked, you wouldn’t expect to hear that news.”

He left flowers and a football with a message written on it in memory his friend.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, Jordan’s team Clifton Rangers Junior Football 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.

Tributes left at the scene Image: Groups have gathered to mourn the nine-year-old who was struck by lightning while playing football

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

The club said they would be working to support those with Jordan at the time of the incident and his family.

The statement finished with: “Fly high young man, sleep tight and god bless.”

Before he died Jordan was raising money for mental health services in honour of his uncle who took his own life in 2018.

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Jordan Banks in fundraising video

He raised £2,500 by running 30 miles in 10 days.

His efforts attracted the attention of his hero Liverpool footballer James Milner, who sent him a video congratulating him on his “incredible” work.

In the clip, Milner said: “Just remember you never walk alone, all the boys are behind you… well done bud you should be very proud.”

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James Milner praises fundraising efforts

Craig England and Jane Murphy, Co-Headteachers at Stanley Primary School, said: “Everyone at Stanley Primary School is completely numb today, we have lost a member of our family.

“Jordan was a bright, bubbly pupil loved by staff and pupils alike. He was a very determined young man which was demonstrated by his charity efforts at the start of the year.

“His parents and family should be very proud of the young man he had become. He was so friendly and showed great compassion towards fellow pupils.

“Jordan’s classmates have told us told how funny he was, always cracking jokes. We are beyond devastated that we won’t see his cheerful face again.

“Our thoughts are with Jordan’s family and will offer them any support we can.

“When the time is right we will plan a fitting tribute with his classmates and family.”

Detective Superintendent 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.”

Road closures in place following the incident have now been lifted.

Anybody with information about the incident, or who witnessed it and has not yet spoken to police is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log 1169 of 11 May

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