...By Gift BADEWO for TDPel Media.
A Tragic Suicide of a Young Rugby Player
Logan Luker, a 17-year-old youth captain at Penygraig RFC, was found dead in his bedroom by his mother on the morning of November 1, 2021.
The inquest into his death heard that Mr Luker had no history of mental health concerns and had enjoyed a happy childhood.
However, in the weeks before his death, he had expressed low mood, which was thought to be due to not having secured employment.
The paramedics who attended the scene declared Mr Luker dead, and it was discovered that he had written notes expressing worry and a desire to end his life at some stage.
The coroner recorded a conclusion of suicide and noted that there was “no evidence of third party involvement” and that “it is likely that Logan intended to bring about the end of his own life.”
The Luker family, devastated by their loss, urged anyone struggling with mental health issues to speak out, saying that “we wouldn’t want anyone else to go through what we are.”
The press has a legal right to attend inquests, and it is their responsibility to report on them as part of their duty to uphold the principle of open justice.
An inquest report can help the public understand the reasons why someone has died and draw attention to circumstances that may prevent further deaths.
Importance of Inquests
Journalists have a duty to ensure that the public is informed about the circumstances surrounding someone’s death, and attending inquests is crucial to achieving this goal.
Inquests can prompt wider discussions on important issues, such as mental health and suicide, and provide an opportunity to pay tribute to the deceased.
The input of family and friends can make all the difference in helping to save others, as seen in many powerful media campaigns.
The Valleys rugby community was left shocked and saddened by Mr Luker’s sudden death.
Penygraig RFC paid tribute to their “beloved youth captain,” describing him as a talented player who gave his heart and soul to the game.
The club extended its sincere condolences to Mr Luker’s family, friends, and teammates and noted that the tributes being laid at the gates of the club only go to show the esteem in which he was held.
If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this story, there is help available.
The Samaritans can be contacted for free around the clock, 365 days a year, on 116 123. Mind Infoline is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and can be reached at 0300 123 3393.
C.A.L.L. (Community Advice & Listening Line) offers emotional support and information/literature on mental health and related matters to the people of Wales and can be contacted on 0800 132 737 or through their website.
The NHS offers help and advice through its 111 service.