Friends remember the good times with young footballer
AYOUNG footballer described as “the life and soul of the party” took his own life the day after a night out when friends said he was the happiest they had seen him in a long time.
Kyle Deakin’s body was found hanging from a tree at Canal Way in Kingsteignton, next to Newton Abbot Rugby Club’s ground.
The 22-year-old who played football for Kingsteignton Athletic – known as The Rams – had been reported missing by his mother Yola on August 12.
Friends found his body that evening. After an inquest in Torquay his mother said: “He was loved by all, and he is much missed by the family, and the ‘Ramily’, the people involved with the football club.”
After his death tributes were paid by the local football community. Floral tributes were left at Kingsteignton Athletic’s ground and at Teign Village, where Kyle also played, there was a minute’s silence before a match.
The hearing was told Kyle, who lived at Homers Crescent, had once self-referred to a depression and anxiety service but had not kept the appointment. His GP said he had been “feeling down”.
In a statement read out at the
Kyle Deakin inquest, his friend and fellow Kingsteignton footballer Connor Crowcombe said: “Kyle was the life and soul of the party, a very social person, friendly and loud, and with a wide group of friends.
“To look at him you would never think that he had any worries or issues. It was almost as if he would laugh them off.”
He said Kyle had gambled but “had it under control”.
He went on: “To all intents and purposes he seemed in control and happy, and there was no indication that he was thinking about taking his own life.”
He said they had gone out the night before he died, and Kyle had been “the happiest I had seen him for a while”.
He was out very late, and had been talking about a new relationship.
Then, he said: “The following morning I heard he was missing. I went out with friends to look for him and we found him at the rugby ground.”
Detective Constable Dan Arnold of Newton Abbot CID said it had been “a tragic case”. He said Kyle had “just dropped off the radar”.
Torbay and South Devon Coroner Ian Arrow summed up and said: “I sadly come to the conclusion that Kyle has ended his own life. I note how well liked and well loved Kyle was, and I am sure his friends are all missing him.”
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