Family members pay tribute to “our little professor” who passed away in Cardiff’s River Taff.
Aryan Ghoniya, 13, has been identified as the teenager who perished on Tuesday after an incident in the River Taff.
A statement released by Aryan Ghoniya’s family:
On Wednesday afternoon, a picture and a statement were posted by Aryan’s family. The statement read: “The family is grieved by the unfortunate loss of Aryan, but we are touched by the community’s efforts to help us, including those of the Police and Emergency Services.
“We also like to thank the Heath hospital’s A&E workers. “Aryan was our “Little Professor,” an intellectual all-arounder who excelled in math. Everyone who knew him adored him since he had such a warm and caring nature. He will always be in our hearts, and there will never be a day when we are not without his absence.
How did Aryan Ghoniya die?
At 4.45 pm on Tuesday, June 21, when one boy was reported missing, police got reports of children in the River Taff close to Forest Farm Road in Whitchurch. Police, fire, ambulance, coast guard, and the police helicopter all participated in a thorough search.
Aryan was discovered in the river at roughly 5.45 p.m., but the emergency personnel was unable to revive him. On Wednesday afternoon, a pathway near the area remained sealed off as police divers conducted additional investigations. It is the second river death in south Wales in less than a month, following Kane Edwards, 13, of Morriston, who was discovered in a stretch of the River Tawe running past Swansea four weeks ago.
#TRIBUTE l “There will never be a day when we will not miss him, and he will remain in our hearts forever.”
Family pay tribute to 13-year-old Aryan Ghoniya who died following an incident in River Taff #Cardiff yesterday.
Full statement : https://t.co/YMzf3aKODi
— South Wales Police Cardiff (@SWPCardiff) June 22, 2022
Tributes paid to the little professor, Aryan Ghoniya:
‘Everyone knows everyone here, and it will come as a great shock to the community,’ one resident said. Those poor parents, too – it’s heartbreaking.’
‘You never know the last time you’ll see a location or a person,’ one written tribute left at the scene wrote. You will always have a special place in our hearts.’
‘You will be missed so much by everyone, you never failed to put a smile on our faces and you will be in our hearts forever,’ added another.
“Aryan will be remembered as an outstanding, diligent, and conscientious student with a wonderful warmth of personality,” stated Mr. Andrew Williams, headteacher of Aryan’s school, Radyr Comprehensive School. He was an incredible joy to be around and a credit to his family, the school community, and himself. “The family of Aryan has our deepest sympathy.”
An investigation into the incident’s circumstances is ongoing, and HM Coroner has been notified.