Leeds road tragedy: Heartbreaking family tribute to my ‘darling Rhys’

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The family of Rhys Baker have paid touching tribute to their ‘darling’ son at the scene of the horror road crash where he and a friend were killed and two more left with life-threatening injuries.

A bouquet of red roses lies among the ever-growing pile of flowers left on Gelderd Road, Morley, with the heartbreaking message: “To our darling Rhys. Our lives will never be the same without you. RIP son. Lots of love, mum, dad, Ryan, Emma, Mark and Mason.”

Flowers left at the scene by Rhys Baker's family.

Flowers left at the scene by Rhys Baker's family.

Bruntcliffe High School pupil Rhys, 13, and George Wharton, 14, a pupil at Morley Academy, lost their lives in the crash on Saturday afternoon when the car they were travelling in left the road and hit a tree.

Two other passengers, Josh Vanveen, 15 and Kameron Walters, 14, remain in hospital in a serious but stable condition, along with the 21-year-old driver. Among the tributes now left at the scene are several Leeds United T-shirts, a pair of football boots tied to a branch as well as photos, teddies and candles.

It comes as the community as a whole continues to mourn the boys. Yesterday, about 600 pupils at nearby Woodkirk Academy - where many knew the boys - gathered on their school yard at breaktime for an impromptu minute’s silence. Organised solely by the students, they lined up five-deep along the perimeter fence in a moving outpouring of grief.

Assistant headteacher Darren Currie said: “They did it all themselves. It was just utter silence for several minutes followed by applause. It was quite a hair-standing-on-end moment. “

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