Daily Express

Three teenagers killed in road crash after attending funeral

- By Paul Jeeves

HEARTBROKE­N parents told of their grief after three teens – including a boxing champ – were killed and another two friends left fighting for their lives after a crash with a bus.

Callum Griffiths, 19, from Porth, South Wales, and Jesse Owen and Morgan Smith, both 18 and from Tonypandy, were killed in Coedely, Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The trio had been on a night out after a funeral with two other friends aged 18 and 19 who remain in hospital with life-threatenin­g injuries after their Audi was involved in Monday night’s crash.

Morgan’s father Daniel Chalfont said on Facebook: “My baby boy Morgan Smith. Literally the most perfect son you could ever wish for.

“Miss you so much already. Don’t know how I’ll live life without you. Literally broken.” His mother Laura said: “Just six hours ago we said our usual ‘love you’. This hurts so much.”

Maerdy Boxing Club paid tribute to Morgan, saying it had lost “one of our own”.

“Morgan was the nicest person you could wish to meet”, said the club, adding he was “a very talented boxer, becoming Welsh Champion, representi­ng Wales in the British Championsh­ips”. Rhys Edwards, who trains at Rhondda Amateur Boxing Club, said: “I was close friends with four of the five.

“Morgan trained at this gym, so did Jesse, they’ve been best friends with my little brothers for years and years now. I’ve seen them grow up. They were all crazy, all of them were lovely, lovely boys. Everyone’s just devastated. They hadn’t started their life yet.”

Welsh Boxing said: “Morgan became Welsh youth champion last year and represente­d Wales at the GB Three Nations tournament where he won a bronze medal.”

Rhondda Cynon Taf’s deputy mayor Dan Owen-Jones said: “It’s distressin­g for all. At this time of year it’s even worse.”

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Loss... Morgan, top, Jesse, left, and Callum
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 ?? ?? Tragedy...police at the accident site in Coedely in South Wales
Tragedy...police at the accident site in Coedely in South Wales

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