Tributes pour in for beautiful boy, 12, knocked off bike and killed
A 12-year-old boy who was killed after being knocked off his bike has been described by his heartbroken family as their beautiful boy.
Cole Roper died in hospital at the weekend, after he was involved in a serious incident on the A4049 between Aberbargoed and Pengam, in Wales.
The schoolboy, from Cefn Fforest, was knocked off his bike by a Blue Vauxhall Astra on Saturday at around 9.30pm.
His family have remembered little Cole as a sensitive, smiley, fun-loving soul.
In a statement released through Gwent Police, they added: A wonderful son, brother, grandson and friend to many.
Words cannot describe how much he will be missed. Thank you from all of the family for the condolences shown at this time.
We would appreciate some time and privacy to grieve.
Cole was taken to a hospital in Merthyr Tydfil but was later transferred to Cardiffs University Hospital Wales, where he was pronounced dead.
Another 12-year-old boy, who was also involved in the incident, was treated at hospital for his injuries but has since been released.
Meanwhile, the driver of the car was not injured.
Messages of support have been pouring in for the family on social media, with many being from parents with children at the same school.
One wrote on Facebook: So heartbeaking, thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time, fly high young man.
Another mum added: Our boys where in the same class. From one parent to another so sorry for your loss thoughts are with you.
The chairman of Coles school, Blackwood Comprehensive, expressed the communitys shock at the tragedy, including the boys peers.