THE mother of a Chester teenager has told an inquest jury her son was an “entrepreneur-in-the-making”.
Henry Rogers, 17, of Handbridge, Chester, was one of 96 Liverpool fans who died at or following the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough, Sheffield, in April, 1989.
Henry was described as a “natural person and a charmer without doing anything” and was loved by adults, his teachers and his contemporaries.
His mother Veronica, whose other son, Adam, died of diabetes in October 1989 after surviving the Hillsborough disaster, said Henry “was an entrepreneur in the making” and had applied to study at the London School of Economics.
Coroner Lord Justice Goldring has ruled that “pen portrait” biographies of each of the 96 victims should form the first section of evidence at the inquests, being held in Warrington, Cheshire.
Other family members to read tributes to their loved ones include Sara Williams, whose late mother Anne Williams, from Newtown, Chester, played a leading role in the campaign for the original inquest verdicts to be quashed.
Mrs Williams, whose 15-year-old son Kevin was among Hillsborough’s victims, died from bowel cancer in April last year.
Her daughter told the inquest jury of seven women and four men: “I make this statement on behalf of all our family and friends, who all loved Kevin, but in particular for my mum Anne, who would have loved to have been standing here telling you all about Kevin and his cheeky ways.”
Ms Williams said Kevin, from Formby, Merseyside, was “mad about football, but crazy about Liverpool Football Club”.
Her voice breaking with emotion, she told the inquest: “Kev was really close to mum – it would be absolutely no surprise to me if the word ‘mum’' was his last.
“My mum fought hard over the years to get the truth uncovered about what happened at Hillsborough.
“It is only now that I have children of my own that I understand the relentless determination that came so naturally to her, because of the love that she had for Kevin.”