THE heartbroken families of four young men killed when their car crashed into a home and burst into flames have today paid tribute to them.
Ryan Nelson, 20, Corey Owen, 19, Matthew Parke, 19, and Jordan Rawlings, 20, were tragically killed in the horror smash near Calne, Wiltshire, in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Their devastated families today paid tribute to the young men as police continue their investigation into the “truly tragic incident”.
The family of Ryan Nelson today remembered the 20-year-old as their “ray of sunshine”.
They said: “Ryan was loved by everyone. He has the most beautiful soul. So handsome, he loved all his designer gear, had so much pride. Our lives are empty without him. Our precious, precious boy xxxxxxx”
The young Aldershot Town FC and Manchester United fan had worked in Tesco with friends before his death – dreaming of becoming a DJ.
Corey Owen, 19, was also killed in the crash with his family saying he had been looking forward to university and “a bright future filled with such potential, love and happiness”.
His family said: “He was the most kind and loving young man, loved and adored by his family, brother, little sisters, girlfriend and his friends.
“He had such a happy, easy going nature, he was so popular and loved dearly by everyone, so so many people thought the world of him.”
They added: “His loss will leave a huge gap in all our lives forever. We are utterly devastated.”
Tributes were also paid to Matthew Parke, 19, as a teen who “played hard and he worked hard”.
In a statement released by Wiltshire Police, his family said: “Mattie was a very happy boy – he woke up every day with a smile on his face. He was never sad.
“He was enthusiastic about everything in life, full of energy, confident and outgoing. He always had somewhere to go, somewhere to be, someone to see. He also had a wicked sense of humour.”
Matt, who had achieved 10 GCSEs and 3 A-levels, had been studying business management at Swansea University.
Jordan Rawlings, 20, was the fourth young man killed in the crash.
In his family tribute, the young man was remembered for his “cheeky smile”.
They said: “Jordan was a ray of sunshine, who always had a cheeky smile, a wicked sense of humour and a contagious laugh that would put a smile on everybody’s face.
“The loss of our beautiful son/brother/grandson/nephew and cousin has left a hole in all of our hearts, but we were proud as a family to have had him in our lives.”
All four men died at the scene following a collision on the A4 at Derry Hill at approximately 3am on Sunday morning, August 16, and the investigation into the cause of the crash remains ongoing.
Inspector Mark Freeman, from Wiltshire Police’s roads policing unit, said: “The collision on Sunday was a truly tragic incident and I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the families of Ryan, Corey, Matthew and Jordan.
“Four families have been left devastated, losing young men who were just starting their adult lives and our thoughts are with them all at this difficult time.
“I know that this tragedy has also had a huge impact on the town of Calne and those first to respond to the incident. The local community has pulled together to provide each other with the necessary support.
“Investigations of this nature are understandably complex and we have a team of collision investigators carrying out thorough enquiries to understand exactly what happened.
“We have already spoken to a number of witnesses, but if you have any information which you think could assist us then we would urge you to call us.”
Anyone with information should call Wiltshire Police on 101, quoting reference 54200081649.