A 9-year-old boy from the UK died yesterday after being killed by lightning while playing soccer.
It's a story that has evoked emotion with many people across the internet.
Taken too young ❤️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️❤️ This is Jordan Banks, the young #LFC fan who was killed by lightning in Blackpool last night... during lockdown he was out spreading kindness to frontline workers #RIPLittleMan #YNWA #BeKind pic.twitter.com/r06soFOF9M— Adam Stansfield foundation (@as9foundation) May 12, 2021
And since the news broke, tributes have been pouring in.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the 9 year old boy who was struck by lightning and killed whilst he played football in Blackpool yesterday.— Mexborough Rangers JFC (@MexRangersJFC) May 12, 2021
RIP young man. 😔
Poor child, thoughts and prayers go out to the family, coach and players. How very sad. ❤️— debduck49 (@debduck49) May 11, 2021
I can’t believe this 💔😭💔 Can’t comprehend it. My deepest condolences to this little boys family. Rest In Peace little man. God bless 💔🙏🏽😪— Christian Greenway (@Christi45202917) May 12, 2021
This is so so horrendous 💔 can't comprehend something like this happening. Sleep well young man x #riplittleman— Chris Wiles (@chriswilesy) May 12, 2021
Very very sad. My thoughts and prayers are with his parents and family and also with his footballing pals. Such a tragic loss of a young life. A light gone out too soon.— PatrioticBritishChap🇬🇧 (@GetsUs) May 11, 2021
So sorry to hear about this. To be struck down playing sport is tragic, especially at this time. My thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.— DenisD (@DenisDescoteau1) May 11, 2021
Absolutely tragic. RIP Young man.— ⚡️ Duncs ⚡️ (@DSR_F11) May 11, 2021
This is so sad, RIP little man. The storm tonight literally came from nowhere, with no warning, and disappeared as fast as it came. 😢💔— S Johnson (@JjwjSarah) May 11, 2021
What heartbreaking news. Thoughts with his family, friends and teammates. Poor child 💔— Steve Tiernan💙 (@Steve_Tiernan) May 12, 2021
Absolutely heart breaking. Can’t even begin to imagine what the poor family are going through 😢😢— Ant (@AntHam88) May 11, 2021
Tragic beyond belief... 😔R.I.P. little man.— Julie (@juliepp1959) May 12, 2021
Jordan Banks, from Blackpool, UK, died yesterday after being struck by lightning while playing soccer.
BREAKING: 9-year-old who sadly died after being struck by lightning whilst playing football in Blackpool is Jordan Banks.— Inzamam Rashid (@inzyrashid) May 12, 2021
He was a @LFC supporter and a fundraiser for various charities.
Tributes are being played at the field where he died. @SkyNews pic.twitter.com/qOKZhwgSeb
The incident happened at around 5pm on Wednesday, May 11th.
Just months ago, Jordan raised over $4000 for a mental health charity in memory of his stepdad's uncle, who died by suicide in July 2019.
LancsLive reports that Jordan ran 30 miles in just ten days to raise the money.
Even he even received backing, UK soccer player James Milner, who sent a signed shirt and a video message hailing the "incredible feat."
Jordan was taking part in a private soccer coaching session when the incident occurred.
A large amount of lightning in Britain yesterday and sadly a boy aged 9 was killed after been struck by lightning in Blackpool England yesterday evening. pic.twitter.com/I0OxhZliha— Carlow Weather (@CarlowWeather) May 12, 2021
A storm hit Jordan's hometown and sadly, he was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.
One of Jordan's friends, CJ Campbell, spoke with Sky News and said: "I started crying straight away as soon as I heard [the news] because he is my very best friend in my class at school."
The best friend of a nine-year-old boy from Blackpool who died after being struck by lightning while playing football, has paid tribute to him. Jordan Banks was a pupil at Stanley Primary School. Craig says his classmate was a kind and caring person. pic.twitter.com/XU7VC4EJ7j— BBC North West (@BBCNWT) May 12, 2021
"I was so shocked, you wouldn't expect to hear that news."
A friend of Jordan's family has since set up a GoFundMe page to support his family during this awful time.
Jessica Marr, who set up the page, wrote: "There are no words that could possibly be written to begin to explain the pain the family of Jordan must be feeling."
"After raising £3K for Counselling in the Community just this year, in memory of his uncle, it's now time for us to come together as a community and help give back to such an incredibly thoughtful and caring young lad who has been taken way too soon in a tragic incident."
“RIP you little superstar. The whole of the local football community is in shock.”— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) May 12, 2021
Tributes continue to flood in for the 9-year-old boy who was struck by lightning and killed while playing football. pic.twitter.com/vDjT61AEgQ
"Anything, no matter how big or small donation, please help as I know whether you knew Jordan personally or have just heard about him through social media, this is something that is so heart wrenching and should never of happened."
Our thoughts are with Jordan's family and friends.
Remembering young Jordan Banks— FootballAwaydays (@Awaydays23) May 12, 2021
Rest in peace, Jordan Banks.