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Ellie Marsden, 20, killed in horror crash with ‘love of her life’ Ryan Duffy, 24, as families devastated



Ellie Marsden, 20, killed in horror crash with ‘love of her life’ Ryan Duffy, 24, as families devastated
Ellie Marsden, 20, killed in horror crash with ‘love of her life’ Ryan Duffy, 24, as families devastated



A HEARTBROKEN family have paid tribute to their “beautiful” daughter after she died in a horror smash with her boyfriend.

Ryan Duffy, 24, was driving Ellie Marsden, 20, in a white van in Cumbria when they were discovered at the side of the road.

Ellie Marsden was found dead in her boyfriend's car after a crash
Ellie Marsden was found dead in her boyfriend’s car after a crashCredit: Cumbria Police

Tragically the couple couldn’t be saved and were declared dead at the scene on Sunday.

Their devastated parents have now paid tribute to the pair .

Ellie’s family said: “Words can’t begin to sum up our beautiful daughter Ellie. How do we get across to the world just how loving, beautiful, kind and caring Ellie is   – not was but is.

“Ellie had grown into the most amazing young lady with all of the qualities that you can only hope for in a daughter. So full of fun with a quick-witted sense of humour.”

The statement told how teachers at All Saints Primary School and Golborne High School described as a “lovely, kind, caring” girl.

Ellie worked as a care assistant at Golborne Day Centre, which she “absolutely loved” and wanted to make all the elderly clients “feel loved and happy

Her family also told how Ellie loved her “biggest hero”, dad Allan, “incredible amounts”.

She was also mum Kelly’s “pride and joy” and was her “very best friend in the whole wide world”.

Her sister Chloe was described “heartbroken” to have lost her “one and only best friend” and “soulmate”.

The statement continued: “Ellie found love in Ryan and I am grateful she found someone who made her so happy who she shared so many loving and fun times with.

“I am so glad that Ellie got to experience true love and a young man looking after her as she deserved all of this and more.


“Everyone who had the pleasure and honour of coming in to contact with Ellie is blessed and blessed beyond belief. It is sad so many other people she was set to meet in her lifetime have missed out on knowing our beautiful daughter.

“Ellie’s beauty was breath-taking both inside and out and we will be heartbroken for all eternity.

“We are so thankful for the precious 20 years that we got with Ellie and watching her grow up in to the most amazing, loving human being and our hearts burst with pride.  We can’t comprehend that she has been taken from us.

“Her Mum, Dad and sister will love Ellie for all eternity and be heartbroken forever. We love you baby girl.”

Ryan’s family have also paid tribute to the fishing mad young man, who was always trying to “catch that elusive ‘big fish’.”


A statement said: Ryan was a kind-hearted, fun loving, happy, son, grandson, nephew and friend to many.

“Ryan lived for his family and friends and was devoted to his girlfriend Ellie. He had a big heart and personality and was adored by all who knew him.

“We are devastated as a family at his passing, he will be sorely missed every single day until we meet him again. As his Mum he was my entire world and I will be lost without him.”

Police launched an investigation after the one-car collision on Sunday night.

They said the couple were travelling in a white Citroen Berlingo van, which was found off the side of the B6260 in Kings Meaburn.

Ellie's family have paid tribute
Ellie’s family have paid tributeCredit: Cumbria Police
Ryan Duffy was declared dead at the scene
Ryan Duffy was declared dead at the sceneCredit: Cumbria Police

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