The family of Ben Pocock, the Loughborough University student from Bristol who is one of 298 victims of a plane crash on the Ukrainian/Russia border yesterday, have issued a statement speaking of their "devastation" at their loss.
"Ben was excited to be travelling to Perth, Australia, to commence six months of study at the University of Western Australia as part of his international business management degree at Loughborough University.
"He was a gifted academic, talented athlete but more importantly a warm, caring, fun-loving son and brother who had an extremely bright future ahead of him.
"Ben is going to be terribly missed not only by his family but by the wider Keynsham community where he made so many long-lasting friends.
"I hope you can understand our wish for privacy at this difficult time and consequently this will be the only media statement made by the family."
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