Leeds United footballer pays tribute to his brother killed in crash tragedy

TRIBUTE: Blake Cairns, brother of Leeds United footballer Alex Cairns, was killed in a crash near  Doncaster.
TRIBUTE: Blake Cairns, brother of Leeds United footballer Alex Cairns, was killed in a crash near Doncaster.
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Leeds United goalkeeper Alex Cairns has paid tribute to his younger brother who was killed in a car crash in South Yorkshire.

Blake Cairns, 16, was one of five teenagers killed in a two-car collision at Conisbrough on Saturday.

The footballer took to social networking website Twitter yesterday and thanked the public for their support following the crash.

He said: “Would like to thank you all.

“ We love him we always will love him words can’t describe what he means to this family.

“Love you Baby bro.”

Leeds United Football Club’s Academy earlier tweeted: “Our thoughts are with Alex Cairns and his family at this difficult time.

“Sending strength and love from the LUFC family. A tragedy for all.”

Danum Academy headteacher Rebecca Staples paid tribute to each of those who died.

She said: “Blake was great fun.

“He had a huge network of friends and was a very sporty boy. He represented the school in football teams.

“He had a real presence; a lovely cheeky boy who had great relationships with staff.”

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