The family of a Sheffield 17-year-old who was tragically killed by a train have made an emotional tribute to their ‘dearly loved son’.
Josh Vaughan was hit by a train at Chapeltown railway station on Wednesday at about 9.15pm and died.
The Ironstone Crescent youngster was a Sheffield Wednesday fan. His death is not being treated as suspicious.
Josh’s grieving family released an emotionally charged statement today. It said: “Sadly on Wednesday, 7 January, at around 9.15pm, our dearly loved son Josh Vaughan, aged 17, was struck by train and tragically died at Chapeltown railway station.
“We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes, support and floral tributes and would be most grateful if you could allow us to grieve privately.
“We know Josh will be sadly missed by many people.”
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Heartbroken friends also paid tribute to Josh Vaughan. His Ecclesfield Comprehensive schoolfriend Alistair Johnston, 16, said he and his pals were hugely shaken when they heard about the tragedy.
“It was a massive shock when we heard,” he said.
“We thought he was messing around and it was a big joke because that’s what he is like.”
Ecclesfield Comprehensive head Joel Wirth said: “Josh was a popular young man with a ready smile and a good sense of humour.
“He is fondly remembered by staff and students and we share a deep sadness that a young man of such evident potential has been taken from us in such circumstances.
“The death of any young person is first and foremost a family tragedy and we would like to pass on our deepest condolences to Joshua’s parents and relatives at what must be a time of immense difficulty.”
His friends are taking a banner to the Owls’ match against Nottingham Forest today and hope to hold a round of applause in the 17th minute of the game – as he was 17.
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