Mother pays tribute to Sunderland teenager who died in river tragedy

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THE mother of 17-year-old Jordan Roberts, who died after getting into difficulties in the River Wear on Monday this week has paid tribute to her ‘wonderful and much loved’ son.

In a message released through the family’s police liaison officer, Brenda Roberts said the death of Jordan, who had seven brothers and sisters, had left everyone who knew him completely devastated.

“Jordan loved to be busy and loved going out to help people in the community. He would cut the garden or go to the shops for people who were unable to do so themselves. There is a page on Facebook with over 600 messages about our boy, which shows how much Jordan was liked and loved.

“And everyone’s love has been shown through the cards and flowers we have received,” said Mrs Roberts.

“Jordan loved to play jokes and was a happy-go-lucky boy who loved to ride about on his bike with his friends.

“Jordan will never be forgotten by anyone – his mam and dad, sisters, brothers, aunties, uncles, cousins, his friends and girlfriend. All the family, especially his mam and dad want to thank all of the crew and Robert (‘Butch’) for their help as they managed to save Callum, who is now recovering in hospital.

“It has been so weird writing this as I could go on and on. Jordan, you were taken away so soon. Keep smiling son, as your smile and laughter will never be forgotten.”

Jordan’s friends have arranged to meet at the Complex centre in Downhill at 5pm today to light candles and lanterns in Jordan’s memory and to pay their respects.