Leeds singer Cole LC releases touching music video tribute to friend Piotr Piekara

A rising music star from Leeds has released a song in memory of a friend who was killed in a crash before Christmas.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 12:23 pm
Updated Monday, 8th March 2021, 12:33 pm
Piotr Piekara, left (photo: West Yorkshire Police) and Cole LC (photo: Red Light Management).

Cole LC, 18, wrote Letter to Piotr following the death of 17-year-old Piotr Piekara.

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Cole LC reflects on his friendship with Piotr over a stripped back ballad, with the music video also filmed in Leeds.

It has been released by Columbia Records, which is owned by Sony, and is available on Spotify as well as Youtube.

The video features scenes from Piotr's funeral, which took place at the Polish church in Chapeltown Road, and of friends and family gathering at the spot where the crash happened for a candlelit vigil.

Cole Lawton Challenger started making music at school and would often busk around Leeds with a portable speaker.

His music fuses the worlds of "R&B, rap and alternative pop into a fluid, melodious sound", according to his management.

Piotr played for North Leeds Leopards Rugby League Club, as well as Chapeltown Juniors FC and a shirt with his name on appears in the video.

A Go Fund Me page created to raise money for Piotr's send off raised almost £9,000.

Lutel James, founder of Chapeltown Youth Development Centre (YDC), described Piotr's death as a "massive loss" last year.

Mr James, who has coached in Leeds for many years, said: "He was a good young man, very switched on.

"He was honest, considerate and respectful.

"He was a talented footballer, he was committed."

Mr James used to manage Piotr directly, and said his death had been a blow to the whole Chapeltown YDC community.

He added: "He was well liked and respected by all the staff, It was the way he carried himself.

"It's a massive loss. Our condolences are with his parents - they are good people."

Mr James said Piotr was "always helping others" and was a "positive person".

He said Piotr had only recently got his driving licence, a step towards more independence in the young man's life.

"It is sad that he won't have the opportunity to do that," he added.

"He was respected across the board - it's how much of a good character he was."

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