Tomi Solomon (Image Bradford City AFC)
Young soccer player Tomi Solomon, 13, was described by his headmaster at Brighouse High School as a “positive, supportive, and kind” student who had a large circle of friends.
In a letter to parents, Richard Horsfield said: “It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the loss of one of our students, Tomi, following a tragic accident in the Calder River on Tuesday.
“Brighouse High School and the surrounding area are a close community and we know that many students and locals will be deeply angry with what happened on Tuesday and I wanted to communicate with all of you during this very sad time.
“I spoke to Tomi’s family yesterday and our thoughts and deepest compassion are with them at this most difficult time; I’m sure you all think of them too.
“Tomi was a positive, friendly, and supportive member of our community who had a large group of friends and built strong relationships with the staff.
“He’s always enjoyed spending time talking about football and his energy and smile were infectious.
“We are proud to have been a part of his life and to have him in our lives.
“We will continue to think of his family and all his friends during this difficult time, and we will do everything we can as a close-knit school to support them.”
There will be additional support for students, he said, and students could contribute to a book of memories.
The Soccer aKIDemy, where Tomi used to train, wrote on Facebook: “We are writing this post from the bottom of our hearts to wish a diamond child a sad farewell.
“Little Tomi Solomon graced our sessions as a seven-, eight-, nine-, and ten-year-old before the Bradford City Academy saw his potential and caught him.
“He played with the most beautiful smile. He just loved his football and it was a dream to coach and a blessing to watch.
“He moved around the field so smoothly and even though he played with aggression on the pitch, he was the nicest little boy off it.
“Our deepest condolences go to Tomi’s family during this difficult time from his entire football family at akidemy.
“RIP little Tomi. You will always be in our hearts. “
The Calderdale Schools Football Association said Tomi had been named to the U14 squad for next season.
It tweeted that a minute’s silence had been observed before the games on Saturday.
“Calderdale and Bradford Schools played today in honor of Tomi Solomon. One minute of applause before the knockout.
“You will be missed, but never forgotten, keep smiling, Tomi.”
Brighouse Town also posted on Twitter: “We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of the Brighouse boy and @officialbantams academy player Tomi Solomon.
“Such a sad loss for football and the wider community.”
As the Kurier reports, Tomi was a talented footballer and played for the Academy in Bradford City.
The youngster was playing with friends on the River Calder in Brighouse on Tuesday afternoon when he got into trouble, police said.
At 2:38 p.m., officials were called to the river and teams of specialists carried out an urgent search.
Tragically, the teenager’s body was pulled out of the river a short time later.