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Families pay tribute to North Warwickshire teenagers

The families of three teenagers from North Warwickshire who died after the car they were travelling in collided with a tree on Sunday (16 July) afternoon have paid tribute to their loved ones.

The collision occurred at around 4.40pm on The Common, between Merevale Lane and Waste Lane near Atherstone.

Ryan Barber, aged 19, Trudi Mae Kennell, aged 18 and William Louch, aged 18 all died at the scene.

An 18-year-old man from Atherstone who was also in the car is continuing to recover from his injuries.


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Ryan Barber
Tammi Garcia Sanchez, mum of Ryan Barber, said:

When Ryan was born I was younger than he is now, a young child having a baby boy. I was so scared and not knowing what the future held, but all those worries disappeared the moment I held him in my arms. The instant love I felt overpowered everything, I knew from that moment with Ryan as my son our life would be incredible as I knew how special he was.

Ryan was the most beautiful baby, toddler and teenager and was becoming the most beautiful man. A beautiful man that any mother could wish for, I am so proud of the man he was becoming.

Everyone who ever met Ryan in his short life fell in love instantly with the beautiful person he was on the outside and on the inside. He never caused anyone any harm and would always help anyone. His smile was enough to brighten anyone's day. 

Ryan will be the brightest star in the sky forever, his love for Trudi Mae was the purest deepest love anyone could ever hope to find and they were so lucky to find that type of love so young. Ryan and Trudi Mae will be together forever with their angel wings.

Thank you to each and every one who has sent their love and support, I will be sending it all to Ryan. Ryan was so loved and always will be.

He will forever be my always.

I'll never leave you Ryan.

Fly high baby boy.

Love mum xxxx


David Barber, dad of Ryan Barber, said:

Ryan was a massive part of our family, and he was always planning his next adventure, be it with Trudi, or family and friends. On this weekend he had climbed Snowdon, which he had done twice before. They camped overnight then were returning home the next day when the accident happened.

Ryan was currently coming to the end of his engineering apprenticeship, and had a bright future ahead of him within the company. He was well loved and respected by his colleagues and it is a shame we can't see how far he could take his career.

Ryan and Trudi were together for 18 months, and have been inseparable since the beginning and had so many plans for the future. I've literally never heard a couple laugh with each other much as them. They were perfect for each other.

We will miss Ryan so much, and a part of me is gone forever. I'm glad the time you had was full of fun with family and friends. We lived life to the full, just wished we could have carried on making more amazing memories.

Love you always mini me,

Love dad xxx


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Trudi Mae Kennell
Elaine Kennell, mum of Trudi Mae Kennell, said:

Trudi Mae was my most precious, beloved daughter. Absolutely beautiful inside and out. Whenever she walked into a room it lit up with her fun, laughter and infectious smile.

My girl had gotten over two episodes where she could not walk and came back fighting to finish her sports diploma course at N.W.H.C and in February this year she passed her lifeguarding exam at Atherstone Leisure Complex where she had just secured a job as a receptionist and life guard.

The next chapter of her life was just beginning. She took every opportunity offered to her and whether it be as simple as frying an egg to something more challenging like climbing to the peak of Snowdonia, she did it with the same enthusiasm and determination.

The last 18 months since meeting Ryan have been the happiest myself and her family have ever seen her. The pair of them were true soul mates and you could see they were going to be together forever. They had talked about getting married and having children in the future and I know they would have been perfect parents. My girl would have been an amazing mummy with her caring and loving nature.

Her family, that she loved so much, have lost a remarkable and cherished granddaughter, niece and cousin.

I'm sure the friends she has made over her short life will hold a piece of her in their hearts forever.

Me and my girl got each other through all of our ups and downs of life with our own very special brand of humour. She was my rock, my salvation, and my life has been destroyed beyond repair by my loss.


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William Louch
The family of William Louch said:

Our family are devastated to confirm the loss of our beloved William. William tragically passed away around Sunday teatime after a catastrophic car accident. It is of great comfort for us to know that he had enjoyed an amazing weekend with his friends Trudi Mae, Ryan, Ben and Dan in Snowdonia.

He already is hugely missed and we don't even know how to start to comprehend the rest of our lives without him. We ask you to respect our privacy at this extremely difficult and testing time.


Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who witnessed the collision to call 101 and quote incident 282 of 16 July 2017.


Posted by Sam Cook, Operational Communications Officer

Published 21/07/17