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Tributes paid to schoolboy killed in Tyabb

Close friends have paid tribute to Luke Batty, the 11-year-old schoolboy who died following an attack at a sports oval at Tyabb.

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Friends of the 11-year-old boy killed in Tyabb before his father was shot by police on Wednesday night have taken to social media to express their shock and sadness.

Tributes are being posted on a Facebook page titled "R.I.P Luke Batty", with more than 23,500 people "liking" the page by 2.30pm on Thursday.

One of the first messages posted read: "R.I.P Little man! You will be missed by so many! Your are now in a safer place! My thoughts go out to your family dude! God has gained another angel."

The Tyabb cricket ground, where Luke Batty was fatally attacked.

The Tyabb cricket ground, where Luke Batty was fatally attacked. Photo: Penny Stephens

Another said: "So devastating ... I have no words ... Rest peacefully little man. Love and strength to all who loved you most xxx."

Tributes included a post of the Taylor Swift song Safe & Sound, from the popular movie The Hunger Games.

"Your a beautiful angel now looking down from heaven... spread ur wings n fly look over ur mum," one friend posted.

Luke was a member of Tyabb Cricket Club and fellow members left messages highlighting his love of the game.

"You were a great cricket player! Our next won is for you Hun!", one friend posted.

Another with connections to Baxter Cricket Club said: "I know I speak for all the families of the Baxter CC u12 team and our thoughts are with you, your family and your team mates at such a tragic time".

Many expressed condolensces to Luke's mother.

"R.I.P Luke. It's your turn to fly high and shine bright in the sky. Now it's time to be your mummies little angel, taking good care of her. My heart goes out to the family and all those that witnessed this horrible tragedy," one post read.

And another remembered happy times spent with Luke: "Tragic loss. Great boy cherish time spent in Qld our thoughts go out to your mum. RIP".

Some of the posts were from people who had not known Luke but had been moved by his death.

"I didn't know you or your family Luke but I'm devastated that this is how your precious young life would end. Rest in peace little buddy. Been fighting back tears for hours just reading about this," one person posted.

Others headed to the cricket club where Luke played to pay their respects.

A woman and three young children arrived at the club just before 3pm, holding hands and shielding their faces from cameras.

She sat down by the fence, where some of the flowers are placed, and comforted the three boys while they added their own bouquet to the growing pile.

As she hugged one little boy, the others stared forlornly into the distance.

Five teenage girls and a woman, carrying two bouquets wrapped in love heart cellophane and a big teddy bear, walked silently towards the oval at 3.30pm, their arms around each other. 

They left just before Luke's school mates were expected to arrive at the football and cricket club to pay their respects.

with Caroline Zielinski