WILL Murdoch shined light on everyone he had contact with.
He was described at his funeral this week as a born leader.
The budding rodeo star was blessed with natural sporting talent and intelligence, but those qualities were matched with a kind and compassionate nature.
His Crushers under-12s team-mates donned their club’s jersey to march behind his coffin, which was carried along a stretch of road at his home by family and a close friend.
The skilled young horseman, who spent his primary years at Our Lady of Lourdes before starting Gilroy Santa Maria in January, was given a horse escort from St Patrick’s Church, where his funeral was held, through the streets of Ingham.
His passing has caused unimaginable suffering. Hinchinbrook is shattered.
One friend wrote on a tribute page: ‘I’m sure any of us would give our spot for Will’.
Harry Liddle said: ‘Here I sit, feeling ill in awe of my good mate Will. The things I’d do just to be right beside you.
‘What I would give to let you live the rest of your life.
‘Taken too young , you were only having fun.
‘Shooting hoops , riding bulls, just living life to its full.
‘Twelve years young, you left behind a grieving mum, a devastated dad and a sister in sorrows.
‘A young legend headed to heaven.
‘Don’t be shy and come visit some time.
‘Until we meet again. Go get ’em Tiger.
‘I’m sure any of us would give our spot for Will.’
May he rest in peace.