Family of boy, 9, killed by lightning pay tribute to 'brightest star'

The family of nine-year-old Jordan Banks, who died Tuesday after being struck by lightning, have named him their “brightest star” and added:

“He was our everything.”

In a statement, Jordan’s family said: “Yesterday our worlds ended. We lost the brightest star, our beautiful boy Jordan.

“His laugh, that infectious smile, the golden locks, he was everything to us.

“Be wise, caring, considerate, generous and so loving beyond his years.

“Our love is endless. Good night, beautiful boy.

“Thank you all for your kind words and support, but as a family, please ask that you respect our wishes and privacy.”

Lancashire Police Department Detective Superintendent Nick Connaughton said: “This is a truly devastating incident and our thoughts go wholeheartedly with the family and friends of the boy who passed away at this very sad and agonizing time.”

The road closures that existed after the incident have now been lifted.

Anyone who has information about the incident or who witnessed the incident and has not yet spoken to the police is asked to contact him at number 101, quoting Record 1169 of May 11th.

Blackpool Police officers were called to fields near School Road shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday to report that a child had been injured.

Ambulance services participated and the boy was taken to the hospital but died a short time later.

Police said although the investigation is still ongoing, it is believed the boy was struck by lightning.

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