Tributes for a true star of national athletics
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