Hillsborough victims' profiles: A young generation lost


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Most of those that died in the crush were just starting out on their lives. Thirty six of the dead were teenagers or younger, while 39 victims were in their 20s.

Best friends died alongside each other and the tragedy left families mourning the deaths of fathers, sons, daughters and cousins many of whom had set out together to the match that day.

Hundreds more were injured including one man who remains in a coma-style condition to this day.

The youngest to die was 10-year-old Jon-Paul Gilhooley, the elder cousin of Steven Gerrard who inspired the future player’s career.

Sisters Sarah and Victoria Hicks aged 19 and 15, had travelled to the game from their home in Pinner, Middlesex. Their mother Jenni sat in the stands whilst the girls opted to watch the match from their Leppings Lane End with their father Trevor who found his daughters dying on the pitch.

Father and son Thomas, 34, and Tommy Howard, 14, had set off early from their home in Runcorn to get a place behind the Liverpool goal. Both died.

Brothers Christopher, 26, and Martin Traynor, 16, also died together alongside their friend David Thomas, 23. Christopher had been married for just two years and saved the life of another fan shortly before he died. Mr Thomas’s fiancé was two months pregnant.

Other families lost more than one member: Gary and Stephen Harrison, 31 and 15, Carl and Nick Hewitt – 17 and 16 – also died.

James Aspinall, 18, was at his first away match with friend Graham Wright, 17, who also died on the terraces. Families mourned them together at a joint funeral. Joseph Clark, 29, from Kirkby, was also killed alongside his best friend Alan McGlone, 28.

David Brown’s widow Sarah was expecting his baby when he died aged 25.

Anne Williams never accepted the coroner’s view that her son Kevin Williams, 15, was dead by 3.15 on the day of the match after meeting witnesses who spotted him alive after the cut off time. She has taken her fight to the European Court of Human Rights to demand a new inquest.

Jack Anderson, 62, had supported Liverpool all his life. He attended the match with his son Brian who survived the crush. The oldest fan to die was Gerard Baron, 67, the brother of former Liverpool player Kevin Baron who played in the 1950 FA Cup Final.

Only a handful of victims made it to hospital that day. Of those Lee Nicol, 14, died three days after the tragedy in hospital in Sheffield when he was visited by Princess Diana.

In 1992 Tony Bland, 22, became the 96th victim when a high court judge ruled there was no likelihood he would emerge from the persistent vegetative state he had been in since the day of the crush.

Andrew Devine, now aged 43, was left in a coma at his home in Mossley Hill. In 1997 he astonished doctors and his devoted family when he was able to communicate simple ideas.