Tributes to Southgate Hockey Club star killed in Nottingham attacks

Grace O’Malley Kumar was among three people killed in a series of linked incidents in the city on Tuesday

Grace O'Malley Kumar
Grace O’Malley Kumar (credit Southgate Hockey Club)

A rising star in women’s hockey who played in Southgate was among the people killed in yesterday’s Nottingham attacks.

Nottingham University student Grace O’Malley Kumar, aged 19, grew up in Woodford. She played both hockey and cricket to a high standard and was considered a rising star for Southgate Hockey Club, which described Grace as “a huge talent”.

Grace was also a member of the England under-16 and under-18 hockey squads. In a tribute on Twitter, Southgate Hockey Club said: “It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the death of Grace O’Malley Kumar, a huge talent and much-loved member of Southgate U18s and W1s [women’s first team].

“We are shocked and devastated by the news, our thoughts and sincere condolences are with Grace’s family, friends and teammates.”

England Hockey said in a statement on Twitter: “We are all deeply saddened by the news of the tragic death of Grace Kumar in Nottingham on Tuesday. Grace was a popular member of the England U16 and U18 squads and our thoughts are with Grace’s family, friends, teammates and the whole hockey community at this time.

Grace also played for Woodford Wells Cricket Club and Essex County Cricket Club’s women’s sides. She was a pupil at Bancroft’s School.

Enfield North MP Feryal Clark added: “This is absolutely devastating news. My heart goes out to Grace’s family, friends and teammates in this difficult time.”

Three people were killed in the Nottingham attacks on Tuesday (13th). A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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