Teen who died alongside brother in Hillsborough crush ‘pleaded for help’

Brothers Kevin and Christopher Traynor
Brothers Kevin and Christopher Traynor
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A teenager who died alongside his brother in the Hillsborough disaster was pleading for help as the crush began, the inquests into the deaths of 96 football fans was told.

Kevin Traynor, aged 16, travelled to the game with his brother Christopher, aged 26, along with a group of friends.

Jonathon Ellis, who was stood by Kevin when the crush started, told the court he desperately tried to reassure the teenager.

He said: “His chest was pressing against my shoulder. I remember him looking at me, because our heads were very close together, he was looking at me.

“Initially he was distressed. He was asking me ‘help me, help me, help me out’. At that point I could not physically move.”

Mr Ellis said Kevin told him he couldn’t breathe and asked for help.

“I did say to him, ‘You’ll be out soon, there are people climbing out over the front, you’ll be out soon’, trying to reassure him there was going to be a route out of this for him,” he said.

Mr Ellis said Kevin’s face was not blue and he didn’t notice anything abnormal.

The jury heard that Malcolm Turner, who was a police officer at the time, carried Kevin out onto the pitch.

In a statement he made after the disaster, he said Kevin’s eyes were motionless and he was unable to find a pulse. He said a doctor then approached him.

“The doctor did the similar sort of checks, told me that he had gone and to leave him, at which point we then moved onto another body.”