School united in moving tribute to Sheffield teenager killed in crash

Aston Academy pupils release balloons in memory of Josh Tyler
Aston Academy pupils release balloons in memory of Josh Tyler
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Pupils came together united in grief on their return to school after the death of a ‘popular and happy’ young teenager.

Josh Tyler, aged 16, of Hepworth Drive, Swallownest, near Sheffield, was killed at 10.20pm on Friday when he was involved in a road collision while travelling on his moped.

Aston Academy memorial  to Josh Tyler

Aston Academy memorial to Josh Tyler

A total of 1,600 pupils and staff came together to release balloons on the school field alongside Josh’s heartbroken family.

Hundreds of youngsters gathered with different coloured balloons each writing their own message before releasing them into the sky.

One balloon tribute read: “R.I.P top lad. Fly safely.”

Josh’s mum Julie Henley-Smith, posted on Facebook a thank you for the video and to everyone who attended.

She said: “It’s made us smile. Bless all of you kids, we really appreciate what you are doing for our boy and I know he will be definitely feeling the same.

“We are as a proud of all your kids just the same as our baby boy Josh.

“You have all been amazing and we’re so proud to call our Josh our baby son thank you to all.”

Before the balloons were released, James Graham, assistant head of Year 10 and 11 led tributes to Josh after a minute’s silence.

He said: “We spent some time as a Year 11 group to remember Josh and the impact he made on people’s lives.

“I remember Josh who was a young man, working hard for his exams, looking forward to his prom and looking forward to a well deserved summer holiday.

“Many of you have been to look at the tributes and I only had to read a few messages to realise just how well he was thought of.”

Charlie Oxley, 16, organised the tribute and spoke after a prayer.

He said: “If Josh was here today, then he want us to keep our chins up and be happy because that’s the type of kid he was.”

More floral tributes have been left at the scene on Mansfield Road and outside the school gates.

No arrests have been made but a 19-year-old male was interviewed under police caution.

n Police want to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision. Call on 101 quoting incident number 1246.