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Family tributes to Hillsborough 96

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To begin the inquest into the deaths of 96 people at the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, the coroner invited relatives to deliver "pen portrait" descriptions of their loved ones.

Many of those who spoke also agreed to read their tributes to a BBC camera crew. On this page we have gathered together all those portraits. You can read the text transcriptions of all 96 tributes by visiting this page

Colin Ashcroft

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Media captionColin Ashcroft's brother Gary read out their family's statement

James Aspinall

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Media captionJames's brother David Aspinall reads a tribute written by his mother Margaret

Gerard Baron

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Media captionGerard Baron Jr travelled to the inquests from Adelaide in South Australia

Tony Bland

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Media captionTony Bland's father Allan Bland spoke to the BBC about his son and his hopes for the outcome of the Hillsborough inquest

Andrew Brookes

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Media captionLouise Brookes "I exist to ensure my brother's death was not in vain"

Henry Burke

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Media captionChristine Burke: "We love and miss you Dad. You will forever be in our thoughts"

Peter Burkett

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Media captionAnne Burkett reads a tribute to her stepson Peter Burkett

Paul Carlile

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Media captionFamily tribute to Paul Carlile read by his sister Donna Miller

Gary Church

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Media captionSister Karen Staniford reads her tribute to Gary Church

James Delaney

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Media captionNick Delaney: "My family was never the same after that day"

Christopher Devonside

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Media captionBarry Devonside read a tribute to his son Christopher written by his wife Jacqueline

Vincent Fitzsimmons

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Media captionFamily tribute by Dr Dorothy Griffiths to Vincent Fitzsimmons

Steve Fox

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Media captionBrenda Fox: "He is still missed greatly by all who knew him"

Ian Glover

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Media captionLorraine Glover reads a tribute to her brother Ian Glover

Phillip Hammond

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Media captionHilda Hammond: ''We were blessed to have such a lovely boy''

Eric Hankin

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Media captionEric Hankin Sr pays tribute to his son

David Hawley

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Media captionLeanne Hawley: "The saddest thing for me is the fact that I had to grow up without him. How I wish I could have known him for myself."

Jimmy Hennessy

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Media captionKaren Gooding: "He was tall, dark and handsome. He had lovely grey eyes"

Sarah and Vicky Hicks

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Media captionJenni Hicks pays tribute to her "bright and beautiful" daughters killed at Hillsborough
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Media captionTrevor Hicks' tribute to his daughters Sarah and Vicky

Arthur Horrocks

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Media captionVictim Arthur Horrocks' son Jon read out a statement from his mother Susan

Thomas Howard

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Media captionThomas Howard's mother Linda Garton read her tribute to her son

Eric Hughes

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Media captionDavid Hughes: "I will forever miss you Dad - You will never walk alone"

Nicholas Joynes

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Media captionPaul Joynes says the family miss his brother dearly

Mike Kelly

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Media captionSteve Kelly: "I have come to claim my brother back. He was more than just a number."

Brian Matthews

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Media captionDeborah Matthews and her sisters Brenda Hennessy and Diane Matthews read family tributes to their brother Brian Matthews
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Media captionMargaret Matthews: "I was happy being number three in the loves of his life, behind his mum and Liverpool FC".

Francis McAllister

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Media captionMark McAllister talks about his brother Francis

Peter McDonnell

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Media captionTribute to Peter McDonnell by his sister Evelyn Mills

Keith McGrath

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Media captionMary Corrigan pays tribute to her son Keith McGrath, one of the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989

Stephen O'Neill

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Media captionClare Roper's tribute to her cousin Stephen O'Neill written by his mother Patricia

Jonathon Owens

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Media captionJonathon's mother Pat Owens: "A lovely lad who always had a smile on his face."

Graham Roberts

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Media captionSue Roberts: I still have one on Graham's t-shits from a football match that he played

Steven Robinson

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Media captionPeter Robinson and his brother and sisters read tributes to Steven Robinson

Andrew Sefton

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Media captionJulie Fallon talks about her brother Andrew Sefton

Inger Shah

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Media captionThe daughter of Hillsborough victim Inger Shah pays tribute to her mother

Peter Tootle

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Media captionTracy Tomlinson reads a family tribute to her cousin Peter Tootle who died at the Hillsborough disaster

Kevin and Christopher Traynor

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Media captionJohn Traynor: "Their names will be remembered in history, albeit for the wrong reasons"

Ian Whelan

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Media captionWilf Whelan, whose son Ian died: "Me and my wife sat down and wrote what we thought needed to be said"

Graham Wright

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Media captionStephen Wright said all his childhood memories are with his brother Graham