Teenage Liverpool fans tried to help dying fan

Gordon Horn, one of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Picture courtesy of the Liverpool Echo
Gordon Horn, one of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Picture courtesy of the Liverpool Echo
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Teenage Liverpool fans tried to help a stricken Hillsborough victim fatally injured in crushing, a court heard.

Gordon Horn, 20, was one of the 96 Liverpool supporters who died during the FA Cup semi-final in 1989.

The new inquests heard had been caught in crushing in Pen Four on the Leppings Lane terraces.

Supporter Gary Williams-Verrall, who was 16 at the time of the disaster, had also been in Pen Four but escaped onto the pitch and later assisted casualties.

Friend Mark Griffiths and himself were among a group who carried Gordon on an advertising hoarding after he was placed on the pitch.

Mr Williams-Verrall said there had been no movement from Gordon and he had assumed he was unconscious.

Mr Griffiths, who appeared via video link, was 18 at the time.

He said Gordon was lying on the hoarding on his side in the recovery position.

Mr Griffiths said: “I assumed he was conscious to be honest. There was no movement. I just though he was laying still. I actually thought he was supporting himself.”

Constable Adrian Agar also assisted with carrying Gordon.

He said: “I looked at him and he was extremely pale, there was no signs of life in his face or any movement from him. For me, I had no doubt that we were removing someone who had passed away, from the pitch.”

Gordon was pronounced dead in the Hillsborough gymnasium at 4.02pm.