Horrific murder of Riley sent shockwaves through Keighley community

Riley Turner

Riley Turner

First published in Keighley

The horrific murder of Riley Turner sent shockwaves through the Keighley community in which he lived.

The primary school where Riley was a popular pupil soon announced plans to build a fitting tribute to the tragic four-year-old, while a pub wasted no time in organising a major fundraiser to help his family.

And support flooded in for the event at the Royal Oak in Damside, with people donating auction lots.

Speaking ahead of the fundraiser, Paddy Gaskin, assistant manager at the Royal Oak, summed up the community’s feelings when he said: “There was just disbelief at what happened. Riley’s death has touched everyone.”

Meanwhile, schoolmates and teachers at Worth Valley Primary School decided they wanted to build a ‘trim trail’ of activity equipment in Riley’s honour – the perfect way to remember such an energetic boy.

The school received an anonymous £2,500 donation accompanied by a short letter simply signed ‘a fortunate resident of the area’.

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