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Melbourne Storm legends reach out to Will Murdoch’s family

MELBOURNE Storm legends Cameron Smith and Billy Slater have reached out to Will Murdoch’s family as the budding rugby league star was laid to rest at his family home this week.

The 12-year-old was a passionate Storm supporter and Smith said as part of his message: ‘I hope he got great pleasure from seeing us win the Premiership last year.’

The rugby league icon sent a heartfelt video to the Murdoch family, saying: ‘I want to send my deepest condolences for the loss of little Will.

‘I know he was a huge Storm fan and I hope he got great pleasure out of watching us win the Premiership last year.

‘On behalf of myself and the rest of the Storm organisation, I want to send our love and prayers to you guys and the rest of the Murdoch family, and I want to wish you all the very best in the future.’

Storm legend Cameron Smith

Smith’s former teammate Billy Slater said: ‘On behalf of myself and the Melbourne Storm, I want to send our deepest condolences to the Murdoch family.

‘Kelly, Andy and Kenzie, I know you’d be doing it pretty tough right now. I know Will was a big supporter of the Melbourne Storm.

‘I want to let you guys know that we’re thinking of you down here. We’re sending all our love up your way – and I’m sure he’s looking over you’.

Melbourne Storm great Billy Slater

Will was born on the day of the NRL Grand Final on 5 October in 2008, and though his beloved Storm lost to Manly on that occasion, he would go on to enjoy their many successes with Smith and Slater being the heartbeat of the side.

The tenacious dummy half grew up idolising Slater and Smith, who spent their entire careers with the Storm.

Tributes have poured in for the former Our Lady of Lourdes student, who was also a budding rodeo star.

He was laid to rest among the gum trees at his family home this week.

The junior Crushers number 9 was buried within the sounds of the rushing Midway Creek, where he grew up swimming with family and friends, in Longpocket, north Queensland.

Hinchinbrook has been left shattered by his passing and messages of support have been sent from around the world.

Will’s mother Kelly shared photos on a tribute page with the message: ‘Such a beautiful little man, love you forever my baby boy’.

His grandmother Jenny Sheahan said: ‘I love you and I miss you every day beautiful boy.’

Mourners flocked to his funeral at St Patrick’s Church in Ingham on Tuesday, led by Father Damien McGrath, who baptised Will and married his parents, Andy and Kelly.

After the ceremony, Will was given a horseback escort through Ingham by family and friends, with Andy leading his son’s saddled horse at the front.

An outpouring of unimaginable grief has consumed the Shire and heartbreaking condolences have been sent to the family of the Gilroy Santa Maria student, who was killed in a quadbike accident on his family property.

Will Peter Murdoch is the son of Andy and Kelly Murdoch (nee Sheahan), sister of Kenzie, and grandson of Peter and Jenny Sheahan, who live next door, and Peter and Sue Murdoch, who moved from New South Wales to Trebonne six months ago to be closer to the family.

Family, including Will’s paternal uncles and aunties, travelled from New South Wales, to attend his funeral.

Masses have been said for Will and the family in Australia as well as in Ireland, Spain and Jersey in the Channel Islands, while families in lockdown across Eire have lit candles and said prayers.

Hundreds of messages of support have been shared in a private Facebook tribute page.

May he rest in peace.

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