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9-year-old daughter of former Spain and Barcelona boss Luis Enrique dies

first_img Source: BBC Sport Former Spain and Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has paid tribute to his daughter after she died from bone cancer aged nine.Enrique thanked hospital staff for their care of his daughter, Xana, during her five-month illness.In June, Enrique stepped down as coach of the Spanish national team after less than a year in charge to be with his daughter.“You will be the star that guides our family,” he said.“We will miss you very much but we will remember you every day of our lives in the hope that in the future we will meet again.”The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said it “mourns the sad loss of little Xana” and it “wants to show our condolences to family and friends, joining us all today to their pain”.Barcelona, who Enrique guided to two La Liga titles and the 2015 Champions League and also made 301 appearances for as a player, said: “Our condolences and all our sympathy for Luis Enrique and his family at this very difficult time. RIP Xana.”Barca forward Lionel Messi also gave his condolences, adding: “We are with you, all the strength of the world.”The news drew tributes from across Spain – including from the nation’s prime minister and tennis player Rafael Nadal – as well as in the wider sporting world.Barcelona’s rivals Real Madrid said they “join the pain” of Enrique and his family and “want to convey their deepest condolences to them at these difficult times”.Italian side Roma, another club Enrique managed, said they were “heartbroken to hear the news”.“The thoughts of everyone at AS Roma are with Luis Enrique and his family at this impossibly sad and difficult time,” the club added. Tags: Luis Enriquelast_img read more

Gary Defore, 69, Wellington: Dec. 8, 1943 – Aug. 5, 2013

first_imgGary Defore, 69, of Wellington died, Monday, August 5, 2013 at his home in Wellington.Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., Wednesday, August 7, 2013 with the family receiving friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Hawks-Shelley Funeral Home & Crematory of Wellington.A memorial has been established with the Avenue of Flags and may be left with the funeral home. For further information or to send a condolence please visit www.hawksfuneralhome.Gary Don Defore was born December 8, 1943 the son of Raymond Fredrick (Jeff) and Glesyner (Bright) Defore in Pleasanton, Kans. He attended high school in Wichita, before serving his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.Gary was united in marriage to Kathlee Welch on February 4, 1966. He built travel trailers, worked for the railroad and spent 20 years in the aircraft industry, retiring as a purchasing agent. Gary enjoyed bowling and playing slots.He is survived by his wife, Kathlee of the home, sons: Jeffery Defore and his wife Karla of Wellington, and John Defore and his wife Amiee of Hiawatha, KS; grandchildren: Curtis Defore, Baxter Defore, Gracie Defore, and Jasmine Defore; and two sisters: Sheila Graham and her husband Allen of Wichita, KS and Russie Saiz and her husband Benny of Vernal, Utah; half-sister, Ramona Burke of Spring Valley, MN; 4 step brothers; Glen Buchanan of Wichita, KS, Ed Buchanan of Spring Valley, MN, Gary Buchanan of Roseberry, OR and David Buchanan of Leon, KS .Gary is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Darma Trott and a step sister, Donna Buchanan.last_img read more