Braithwaite community pays tribute to resident who died after fall from flats block

First published in News

A community turned out in strength at the weekend in tribute to a 20-year-old death-plunge victim.

Dozens of people took part in a sponsored walk in memory of ‘Moz’ Tretton.

They covered a five-mile route from his home estate in Braithwaite, to the spot where he died in Bingley.

There they placed flowers and balloons with heartfelt messages attached, and released Chinese lanterns.

“We were really pleased with how many people came along,” said Braithwaite resident Angela Murray, who organised Sunday’s event with her niece, Jodie.

“It showed what a popular lad Moz was and how the whole estate has come together.

“We walked along the main road to Bingley, and people even stopped in cars to give us money. The support was fantastic.”

The walk raised £109, and funds have been boosted with a raffle at the Ring newsagents, which coined in £324, and a donation box from Miss Murray and her team, which realised £238.

“We’ve still got collection boxes to come in and the fundraising is continuing,” said Miss Murray, 39, of Braithwaite Avenue.

“We wanted to help give Moz a good send-off and to support his family in any way we can at what is a terrible time for them.”

She said there had been a lot of support from businesses, including Scooby Bargains, which donated the Chinese lanterns, Max Spielmann, which provided a banner, and Photo Vision, which produced special sweaters, and she thanked everyone who had contributed.

Mr Tretton – who until recently lived in North Dean Road, Braithwaite, and had attended Guard House and Oakbank schools – was found lying on the ground outside the Adelaide House flats in Crosley Wood Road, Bingley, soon after 4am on January 18. He had fallen from the sixth floor.

He was treated by paramedics, but died at the scene. His funeral service was held at a packed Oakworth Crematorium on Monday.

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