Teammates form guard of honour at funeral for talented young footballer, 13, who was found dead after going missing in Belfast
- Kaylee Black was a goalkeeper for the U13s Belfast football club Crusaders
Teammates formed a guard of honour at the funeral of a talented young footballer who died in Belfast after reportedly going missing.
Kaylee Black, 13, who was a goalkeeper for the U13s Belfast football club Crusaders, died suddenly on May 1.
Family and friends mourning her death at Seaview Presbyterian Church were encouraged to cherish their special memories of her. Many wore Crusaders shirts as a poignant tribute.
Kaylee’s white coffin was adorned with the badge of her club and her funeral cortege walked past their Seaview stadium before she was laid to rest at Ballyclare Cemetery.
Rev Edwards Hyndman told the congregation to ‘remember today the good true times with Kaylee,’ the Belfast Telegraph reports.
Family and friends at the funeral of young footballer Kaylee Black on Tuesday
The funeral took place at Seaview Presbyterian Church – friends wore the shirt of her football club
Kaylee Black, 13, who was a goalkeeper for the U13s Belfast football club Crusaders, died suddenly on May 1
He gave thanks ‘for the life of Kaylee, for all your goodness to her, and for all the joy and goodness she brought to our lives’ as he prayed.
On Sunday a minute’s silence was held for Kaylee before the Irish Cup Final between Crusaders FC and Ballymena United.
A photo of her appeared on the big screen at Windsor Park, with family in attendance.
The Crusaders earlier said they were ‘devastated’ in a statement issued following the youngster’s death.
A statement on the club’s social media pages said: ‘Crusaders Football Club are devastated to hear of the sad and sudden passing of Crusaders Titans U13’s player Kaylee Black.
‘Only last week Kaylee and her team mates proudly showed off their U13 SBYL Trophy at the Crusaders Strikers first game of the season and to hear the news this evening has been heartbreaking.
‘Chairman Ronnie Millar wishes to pass on the deepest condolences and sympathy to Kaylee’s family, team mates, friends and coaching staff at this sad time and asks we keep them all in our thoughts and prayers as they come to terms with Kaylee’s passing.’
Loved ones paying their respects as her white coffin goes past
The service ‘of thanksgiving’ for the life of Kaylee was conducted by Rev Eddie Hyndman
Crusaders Strikers said in a statement they were ‘deeply saddened’ to learn of Kaylee’s sudden passing
Kaylee’s white coffin was adorned with the badge of her club and her funeral cortege walked past their Seaview stadium before she was laid to rest at Ballyclare Cemetery after the service.
Crusaders Strikers said in a statement they were ‘deeply saddened’ to learn of Kaylee’s sudden passing.
‘Kaylee was goalkeeper and a valued member of our U13 SBYL league winning side, who lifted their trophy last week at our first team game at Seaview,’ a statement read.
‘Our thoughts, and prayers are with her family, friends, teammates, coaches and everyone who loved her during this sad time.’
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