Tributes for a true star of na­tional ath­let­ics

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

THE Drogheda sports world has been left shocked and sad­dened by the sud­den death of Boyne AC mem­ber Kil­lian Ekha­tor (11).

He was widely tipped as a fu­ture star of the ahtlet­ics world - hav­ing al­ready won na­tional hon­ours - and leaves be­hind a heart­bro­ken fam­ily, mum and dad, Ali­cia and Francis and brother, Edi­son.

He was in 5th class in Le Cheile Ed­u­cate To­gether Na­tional school on the Morn­ing­ton Road, where his loss has been acutely felt this week.

Kil­lian passed away last Thurs­day morn­ing af­ter he was found un­re­spon­sive at his home in St Finian’s Park. He was to turn 12 in June.

Shocked mem­bers of Boyne AC spoke mov­ingly of the young boy who was grow­ing into a won­der­ful young man.

He was one of their most tal­ented ath­letes, hav­ing started with Boyne A.C at the age of seven.

He was soon widely re­garded as a sprinter and long jumper and won county, pro­vin­cial and na­tional hon­ours.

He was part of one of Boyne AC’s most tal­ented re­lay teams ever. Along with team­mates Amitesh Bala, Aaron Fen­nell, Paddy Price and Alex Devine, they be­came the ul­ti­mate dream team and fin­ished sec­ond in the All Ire­land Out­door Re­lays in 2017, and repli­cated this in the 2018 In­door Cham­pi­onships only a week ago.

Three years ago, he was named the best ath­lete of the year in Louth, supreme in the un­der 9 to 11 age group. He won al­most event he com­peted in that year.

Kil­lian will be sadly missed by all his club­mates, coaches and friends within the club, and within the wider na­tional run­ning fam­ily.

Tributes poured in for Kil­lian fol­low­ing news of his death at such a young age, ‘a fan­tas­tic ath­lete, what a lovely young boy,’ one per­son wrote, ‘My beau­ti­ful Kil­lian who was so proud to have run and come sec­ond last week in the na­tion­als ..... life will never be the same.’One summed up many views - ‘Our hearts are for­ever bro­ken. You are the bright­est star in the sky.’

Kil­lian’s short but packed life was cel­e­brated on Sun­day af­ter­noon at a spe­cial cer­e­mony in Drogheda Gram­mar School and he was laid to rest af­ter­wards in New­town Cross Lawn Ceme­tery.

His friends from Boyne AC gath­ered in their club colours as a fi­nal mark of re­spect and love for one of their own.

A fit­ting trib­ute to a true su­per­star.

The re­lay dream team and one of the best in the coun­try, Alex Devine, Paddy Price, Aaron Fen­nell, Amitesh Bala and Kil­lian

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