In the wake of a devastating crash in Cardiff that claimed the lives of two teenagers, Kyrees Sullivan, 16, and Harvey Evans, 15, Harvey’s mother has spoken out against the media’s portrayal of her son. She described him as a “fun” and “loving” young man, urging the public to remember him for who he truly was, not as depicted in the media.
Investigation Underway for Cardiff riot
Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Bacon addressed the media in a tense press conference, asserting that no police vehicles were involved in the collision that claimed the boys’ lives. She presented a timeline of events, emphasizing that no police vehicle was present on Snowden Road at the time of the crash.
However, she acknowledged that a police van had been following the bike just minutes before the fatal incident. DCC Bacon called for calm in the community and urged anyone with information to come forward to aid the ongoing investigation.
Riotous Aftermath: Cars Torched, Properties Damaged
The tragic collision sparked riotous scenes in Cardiff, with cars set ablaze and properties vandalized. The community was engulfed in chaos as tensions escalated following the incident. Fifteen officers from South Wales Police were injured during the riots, with eleven requiring hospital treatment.
Independent Office for Police Conduct to Probe Incident
Following a mandatory referral from South Wales Police, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) announced its independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident. The IOPC will examine any interactions between the police and the boys.
Particularly considering the CCTV footage that appears to show a police vehicle following the bike prior to the collision. The aim of the investigation is to establish the facts and provide a thorough and impartial account of the events leading up to the tragedy.
Community Grieves as Vigil Planned to Honor the Young Lives Lost
Amidst the heartache and sorrow, the community in Cardiff is coming together to mourn the loss of Kyrees and Harvey. Tributes in the form of flowers and messages have been laid at the crash site, expressing love and remembrance for the two young lives cut short.
A vigil and balloon release are being organized as a way to pay tribute to the boys. The event, scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. on Snowden Road, will serve as a moment of reflection and support for the grieving families and the community at large.
As the investigation continues to unfold and the families navigate their immense grief, the Cardiff community is striving for unity, peace, and understanding. The focus remains on honoring the memories of Kyrees and Harvey while seeking answers and justice in the wake of this tragic incident.