Police confirm Leeds Beckett student died in Manchester bombing

Police confirm Leeds Beckett student died in Manchester bombing

Police have confirmed that Courtney Boyle, 19, died in the terror attack on Manchester Arena.

The Leeds Beckett University student was reported missing following the bomb blast at the Ariana Grande concert on Monday night. Miss Boyle attended the concert with her mother’s partner, 32-year-old Phil Tron. His death has also been confirmed by police.

Both were from Gateshead.

Miss Boyle’s mother, Deborah Hutchinson, said: “My stunning amazing beautiful daughter.

“You were my rock, you made me so proud with all you had achieved and my gorgeous crazy Philip, you made my world a happy place and now you are both my angels flying high in the sky.

“I am going to miss my baby girl Courtney Boyle for the rest of my life.”

Her father, Rob Boyle, said: “I will never forget you and I will love you forever.

“Grandad Bob misses you loads also.”

Family, friends and fellow students alike have paid tribute to Miss Boyle and Mr Tron have been paid on social media and elsewhere.

Leeds Beckett Vice-Chancellor, Peter Slee, stated: “The whole University community is deeply saddened by this tragic news. Our hearts go out to Courtney’s family at this terribly distressing time.

“Courtney was a lovely, bright and hardworking student who had achieved excellent marks in her first semester with us. She was enjoying University life and had built strong friendships.

“For all of these reasons, she is a great loss to the University and to her fellow students.

“You will appreciate the impact that this has had on our students and staff. Our Chaplaincy and wider Support Services have been in contact with Courtney’s many friends at the University, and we will continue to support them and any other of our students and staff who have been affected.”

Mr Tron’s family described him as a “fun-loving and energetic soul” and that he ” lit up the darkest room.

Phil Tron – family photo

Miss Boyle’s boyfriend, Callum Maundrill, added: “My Courtney was an adventurer, a precious and joyous soul. She made people feel loved and feel safe.

“She was a soul mate, a friend, a daughter and a sister. No-one had what that lass had, she was like no other.

“And she was on a path to fulfilment, and was happy when she passed.

“Nobody has ever made me as happy as her and I’m the person I am today because of her.”

Euan Hammond

(Image: Family Photo)

 

 

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