Mom says she was ‘torn apart’ after Chelsea fan’s son died in river tragedy
The family of a troubled boy who died in the River Trent near Swarkestone on a hot day paid tribute to their ‘shining star’ son.
Thandolwethu Ndlovu, 15, who his family and friends called Thando, died in the river after visiting a group of friends on Tuesday, July 20.
Extensive search and rescue efforts were made with specialist teams from the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Police and the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, but unfortunately the body of Thando, a native of Chellaston in Derby, has was found in the river the next morning. He died just two days after his 15th birthday.
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Nombulelo, Thando’s mother said: “We are really devastated. I feel like a part of me has been torn apart. Thando was the most amazing and happy child. He was our shining star and loved by so many people.
“Thando loved to laugh and make friends, and he loved his school. He meant a lot to us and would light up all of our lives. I miss my son so much. “
His father, Jambulani, said: “Thando was a very promising young man who was very smart and he loved football, especially Chelsea. He was like a leader and would always go the extra mile to help others. Thando was exactly the child you could hope to raise.
Nombulelo added: “Fly high my angel. Your family will always love and miss you. Go on and create peace and love as you always have when you were on Earth here with us. “
An inquest into what happened has been conducted and a case prepared for the coroner, who will hold an inquest into the circumstances surrounding Thando’s death. Officers do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances.
Touching floral tributes were also placed in memory of the youngster where he was found on the bank along the Trent.
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