Rest in peace, Ryley
RYLEY Bjorksten, 19, died in the early hours of Sunday morning after the ute he was travelling in overturned on Faithfuls Creek Road in Balmattum.
Ryley had been sitting in the tray of the ute when it flipped and was treated by paramedics who arrived at the scene around 2.15am.
He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Ryley was one of five people travelling in the ute at the time.
All four others, three in their teens and a man in his 30s, were taken to hospital in either Wangaratta or Shepparton in stable conditions.
Police have not yet confirmed who was driving at the time.
Ryley was a very popular member of the Euroa community.
He will be remembered as a very talented member of the Euroa Football Club, for which he starred in 2017 playing 18 senior games and kicking 35 goals, earning him the club’s Best First Year award.
“Ryley’s speed, coupled with sublime foot skills, meant he was not only in the upper echelon of players in the club but in the entire Goulburn Valley League,” the Euroa Football Club’s tribute to Ryley on Facebook read.
Ryley was also a talented member of the Euroa Cricket Club and Euroa Basketball Association, both of which expressed their grief at the loss of such an outstanding and much loved sportsman.
Aside from his sporting talents Ryley was described as a ‘wonderful and kind young man’ by those who knew him, and his tragic passing has sent shockwaves through the community.
Community members gathered at the Memorial Oval on Sunday morning to offer one another support and comfort after hearing the news of his death.
Overlooking the Memorial Oval wing - where Ryley excelled- was described by his family and friends as a fitting place for friends and family to gather to remember and grieve.
Ryley is survived by his mother Lauren, father Justin and younger brother Jye.
Our thoughts and condolences are with his immediate and extended family, and indeed with all those affected by his death.
Sports Chaplaincy Australia (www.sportschaplaincy.com.au) is providing a ‘dealing with grief’ session with a number of trained chaplains to help people understand and begin to process their grief at this sudden loss.
The opportunity presents at 6pm this Wednesday night in the George Hunter social rooms at Memorial Oval, for those who wish to attend.
Please note anyone may attend if they wish.
There is no compulsion to attend.
A TRAGEDY: Ryley Bjorksten 20/02/1998 – 05/11/2017 was killed in a ute rollover on Sunday morning.