Tributes Pour in for 'Extraordinary' 9-Year-Old Boy Killed by Lightning on Soccer Field | 22 Words

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.

And since the news broke, tributes have been pouring in.

Jordan Banks, from Blackpool, UK, died yesterday after being struck by lightning while playing soccer.

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 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."

"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."

"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.

Rest in peace, Jordan Banks.