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Tribute to cycle death teenager

Ruby Milnes
Ruby Milnes was the eldest of five brothers and sisters

The parents of a teenage cyclist who was killed in an accident with a lorry in York have paid tribute to their "precious" daughter.

Seventeen-year-old Ruby Milnes, the eldest of David and Alison Milnes' five children, died in a car park behind York racecourse last Thursday.

"Like her name, Ruby was a rare and precious individual," her parents said.

"We are an extremely close family and Pearl, Max, Bonny and Olmo are distraught, as we are."

Mr and Mrs Milnes added: "All six of us are missing her terribly, and we always will.

"Ruby was clever, funny, stylish, loving, gifted, caring, stunningly beautiful and so so deeply loved.

"She wasn't afraid to be different from the crowd - she found her own way and was an inspiration to others.

"We were excited about Ruby's future and very much looking forward to knowing the exceptional young woman she should have become.

"Ruby touched so many lives and all of her friends and ours are helping to support us.

"At the moment we are being carried by their incredible love and help and we are grateful to all of them. "

Teenage cyclist killed by lorry
09 May 08 |  North Yorkshire

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