‘You were the leader of our championship team…and one of the most fabulous teammates I’ve ever been around’

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An NBA star is among dozens of people who have posted tributes to 30-year-old American Alex Aurrichio, who was the cyclist killed on Gunn Point Road on Monday night.

Mr Aurrichio, who played for NTFL side Waratah, was cycling near Howard Springs Reserve at about 7pm when he was struck from behind by a Nissan Patrol.

Philadelphia 76ers star Tobias Harris, who played basketball with Mr Aurrichio in high school in New York, said he was “sad, shocked and in disbelief”.

“I hope you know how much I respected you, how a young kid in high school looked up to you,” Mr Harris said on Instagram.

“You were the leader of our championship team, an enforcer on the court and one of the most fabulous teammates I’ve ever been around.

“You are missed brother and you are loved.”

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Let me start by saying I've honestly been in a shock all morning with the news of my friend Alexander Aurrichio passing. As I sit here to write this post, I just ask ”why?” the answer unknown. I think of all the memories, the basketball, the training the times you looked after a young 8th grader on the court with you, the rides home from practice telling me to keep my head on straight. Every person comes into our lives for a reason, some have little to none effect, but others have a profound impact on who you shape out to be. Alex, you had that profound impact. I hope you knew how much I respected you, how much a young kid in high school looked up to you. Your work ethic pushed me to want more; we both pushed each other. I would always see you from a distance through social media and would still know you were in a really good place, adventurous as they come, loving sports and excelling in all of them I would always say you are living and enjoying your life. It was a blessing to see. I'm sad, shocked, and in disbelief. I think about all the people who are impacted because anyone who came into contact with you was forever touched in some way, shape, or form. You had that impact on so many people. You were the leader of our championship team, the enforcer on the court, and one of the most fabulous teammates I've ever been around. You are missed brother, and you are LOVED! Until we meet again, brother. 🙏🏽My condolences go out to the Aurrichio family during this time, and to all impacted. 🙏🏽

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A statement on Waratah’s Facebook page also paid tribute to the club’s Premier League ruckman.

“Rooch came to the club and made an instant impact with his strong play on the field and even stronger character off the field,” it said.

“He had recently moved permanently to Darwin and was immersing himself in the lifestyle, taking in all the Territory has to offer, including fishing and camping.” 

Any support for our beloved friend is greatly appreciated. We miss you Rooch. HOORAH…

Posted by Waratah Football Club NT on Tuesday, June 9, 2020

NT Police Detective Senior Sergeant Brendan Lindner said detectives were continuing to investigate the circumstances of the crash.

 “The driver of the vehicle involved and witnesses are assisting police with the investigation,” he said.  

“We ask for any additional witnesses to come forward.”

He said anyone who saw Mr Aurrichio on a red bike and wearing a navy blue backpack along Gunn Point Rd prior to 7pm on Monday night is urged to contact police on 131 444.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help get Mr Aurrichio’s body back to America.

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