Tributes pour in after tragic death of Irish U13s footballer and 'most loving, beautiful girl' Kaylee Black | The Sun

BELFAST football club Crusaders Titans have been left 'devastated' after the tragic passing of their 13-year-old goalkeeper Kaylee Black.

The youngster passed away over the weekend – plunging her community into mourning.

Confirming the terrible news, her club released an emotional statement.

It read: "Crusaders Football Club are devastated to hear of the sad and sudden passing of Crusaders Titans U13s player Kaylee Black.

"Only last week Kaylee and her team mates proudly showed off their U13 SBYL Trophy at the Crusaders Strikers first game of the season and to hear the news this evening has been heartbreaking.

"Chairman Ronnie Millar wishes to pass on the deepest condolences and sympathy to Kaylee's family, team mates, friends and coaching staff at this sad time and asks we keep them all in our thoughts and prayers as they come to terms with Kaylee's passing."

Crusaders Strikers also paid a heartfelt tribute.

They added: "Kaylee was goalkeeper and a valued member of our U13 SBYL league winning side, who lifted their trophy last week at our first team game at Seaview.

"Our thoughts, and prayers are with her family, friends, teammates, coaches and everyone who loved her during this sad time."

Nearby clubs Carnmoney Colts, Arydone Youth and Ballysillan Swifts Youth FC have all issued statements of solidarity to everyone connected to Crusaders Titans.

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Kaylee's aunt Carol Weatherup has also shared her grief on social media as she remembered her as 'the most loving, beautiful and intelligent girl.'

She said: “R.I.P to my beautiful, stunning niece Kaylee.

"You were the most loving, beautiful and intelligent girl with pure talent and love for football.

"My heart's broken you are and were so loved baby girl. Love you more than you will ever know.

"You will never ever be forgotten love you to the moon and back. I'm here for you all.”

Crusaders Titans have since stated that Wednesday evening's senior fixture versus Derry City Ladies will be dedicated in memory of Kaylee.

All money received from ticket sales will go towards covering the cost of her funeral.

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