Prayers, flowers and tributes for Dominic Cullen
PRAYERS were offered to support family and friends of young rugby player Dominic Cullen after his sudden death stirred grief across the city.
All 1,700 pupils at 24-year-old Matson flanker Dominic's old school of St Peter's, in Gloucester, remembered him, and his shocked relatives, in their worship yesterday.
Headteacher Lawrence Montagu said Dominic's loss after playing a seniors' match and then watching Matson's under-17s' game in Worcester on Sunday was "absolutely tragic".
"I led morning prayer for the whole school for Dominic and his family," Mr Montagu said.
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"We still have some of his cousins in the school. He will be long-remembered because he was a character, larger than life, risked his arm at times. But he had no malice in him whatsoever. He was a lovely young man.
"You can only feel for his family, the blackness they must be feeling. He was so young and so full of life. It is just devastating," he said.
A book of condolences was opened at St Katharine's in Matson, the nearest church to the rugby club where Dominic played.
The shirt in which he played at Kingsholm on Sunday was hung at Matson Rugby Club, surrounded by a mass of floral tributes and pictures of him throughout his life, including one with his girlfriend Ali King.
Flowers continued to be placed throughout yesterday as the building was left open for mourners.
Among the messages was one from his mum Amanda.
"My wonderful son. I love and miss you so much and always will," it read.
Dominic died at Worcester Royal Hospital on Sunday after being taken ill and collapsing while supporting Matson's Under-17s play at Sixways.
Angela Elmer, officer to Worcester coroner Geraint Williams, said inquiries into his death were at a very early stage.
West Mercia Police were assisting and the earliest the results of a possible post mortem might be available by the end of the week, she said.