UPDATED: Leeds University student killed in Ukraine aircrash

A Leeds University student, who raised over £1,000 for charity, has died in the Ukraine passenger aircrash.

Leeds University student Richard Mayne who is believed to have died in the aircrash in the Ukraine.

Leeds University student Richard Mayne who is believed to have died in the aircrash in the Ukraine.

20-year-old Richard Mayne, a Maths and Finance undergraduate, was among the 298 passangers and crew onboard the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. The plane appears to have been shot down over a conflict zone on Thursday afternoon.

Leeds University said they were “very saddened” to hear of his death.

A spokeswoman said: “Our thoughts are with Richard’s family and friends. Richard had just finished his second year in Maths and Finance and he was doing well with his studies.

“Staff are working with the university’s counselling service to help students who are affected by this tradgedy and we will do everything we can to support them.”

Tributes to the rugby player have already begun appearing on social media.

 

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