Spencer Walker: Heartfelt tributes to popular boy

IN MEMORY: Pupils at Minsthorpe Community College release balloons for Spencer Walker.
IN MEMORY: Pupils at Minsthorpe Community College release balloons for Spencer Walker.
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The family of a boy who died after suffering electrical burns from a railway line have thanked the community for their love and support.

Spencer Walker, 12, was seriously injured on tracks in South Elmsall last Monday and died in hospital two days later.

In an emotional letter to Minsthorpe Community College, where Spencer was a pupil, his family said an outpouring of love had helped them through their grief.

They wrote: “The love, caring and support the family has received has been truly overwhelming.

“When the devastating incident occurred, all the family descended in to a dark place, full of unbelievable grief and sadness from which there seemed no escape. But through the darkness shone a light, which was the love and support shown by Spencer’s friends and the community.

“It seems virtually in minutes of the awful accident occurring his friends were showing their love and support. Unfortunately our prayers for Spencer were unanswered and he left us all for another place.”

Dozens of floral tributes and messages have been left in memory of Spencer on a railway bridge, close to where the schoolboy was hurt.

His family said: “We have visited this place numerous times and the many tributes to Spencer have been stunning, every one of them.”

Minsthorpe Community College opened a memory book to give to Spencer’s family, in which staff and students have paid their respects.

And they held a memorial balloon release on Wednesday evening.

Principal Ray Henshaw said: “He was fun, energetic and liked by many of his peers. He had a fantastic personality and was full of promise.

“His death has torn the heart out of his year group.”