A 13-year-old girl has died suddenly after winning a football game for her Belfast football team. Kaylee Black, described as a “talented young footballer”, died on Monday. Her friends have raised £8,000 in her memory to help support Kaylee’s family.
The schoolgirl, who was a goalkeeper for the Northern Ireland football club, Crusaders, was called a “young, beautiful girl” on a GoFundMe page.
The page added her death “left a massive space in the hearts of her family”.
Crusaders issued a statement on Facebook after her death, saying they were “devastated”.
Chairman Ronnie Millar paid tribute to Kaylee who just a week before had played in the first game of the football season.
It 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 teammates 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, teammates, 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.”
It added: “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.
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“Our thoughts, and prayers are with her family, friends, teammates, coaches and everyone who loved her during this sad time.”
Tributes were also paid to Kaylee during tonight’s (3 May) Crusaders versus Derry City Ladies football match.
Crusaders Strikers wore t-shirts in tribute to the young girl and ticket sales were donated to the family for funeral costs.
The club had previously said in a social media post: “The match will be dedicated to the memory of Kaylee Black, our players will wear a black armband and we will hold a minute’s silence prior to kick off.”
The club had previously said in a social media post: “The match will be dedicated to the memory of Kaylee Black, our players will wear a black armband and we will hold a minute’s silence prior to kick off.
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