Dublin- Tributes have been pouring in for a 13 year old boy who died after attempting to rescue two girls who had gotten into trouble in a small man-made pond on Friday.
Ricky Osagie was said to be a lovely, selfless young man who had a promising football career ahead of him according to all those who knew him.
The heroic teenager and another girl dived into the pond after seeing a girl in distress even though he knew he was putting his own life at risk as he couldn’t swim.
The girls are now said to be in a stable condition at the hospital.
This, his father says is typical of Ricky who he says was always smiling and loved by all. Kelly, Ricky’s dad told the Irish Sunday Mirror, “He was trying to help someone else.”
“That’s what happened. My son died a hero. He went in and then that was it. My son is gone but a girl is alive because of him,” he said.
“He always smiled and was happy all the time. He was such a fantastic footballer. We have trophies everywhere in the house.”
“Ricky was going to play for Ireland, that’s what he said he was going to do. He had so many friends. He is a hero, a real hero. I want the world to know what my son did. He was a man.”
The young footballer’s former football manager Patrick Burke told the Mirror that Ricky had the potential to be better than Messi and he had no doubts the youngster would have made it to the top of the league.
Friends and members of the public have been dropping flowers and messages at the site where the tragic incident occurred as well as countless messages on Facebook.
Ricky’s aunt Omolgui Bridget who lives in Nigeria posted a heartbreaking tribute to her nephew on her Facebook page.
“What a life and a wicked world of evil. I never heard that you were sick but heard that you had died dis [sic] morning.”
“You went to Waterville and in a few hours you were taken to the hospital. You didn’t follow your parents home again. I won’t forget about you my dearly beloved nephew.”
“I’m so, so weak and my tears haven’t dried. Words can’t express how I feel but please Ricky come alive and make us happy again. You can’t leave us like this my love. Please come back to life.”
Ricky died on around 4am after losing the battle to save his life. His parents were said to be by his side during at the time of his passing.
We join Ricky’s friends and family to pay tribute to this young selfless hero and pray that God will give his family the fortitude to bear what must be an unbearable loss.
Rest in Peace Ricky.