On Tuesday, the devastated family of Brandon Thomas Byrne gathered in the church in Dublin for a final farewell, writes the newspaper Irish Examiner.
Byrne did not reach the age of two before he was hit and killed by a car in Ballinagare on Friday morning.
The boy was on holiday in the small village, located in the north of Ireland, with his parents.
According to local media, he got out of bed and went out into the street alone.
It was around 09 when he was hit, according to the report BBC.
Found an empty bed
Local media write that it was a neighbor who was about to back into his own driveway and ran over the boy.
The neighbor alerted the boy’s parents, who soon saw that Brandon’s bed was empty.
Brandon was critically injured after the collision, writes Sky News.
Shortly after, he fell asleep in a nearby hospital, surrounded by his family.
During the funeral ceremony at the Church of St Philip the Apostle, Byrne’s uncle, Mark Kehir, read a tribute written by the boy’s parents, Louise Kehir and Andrew Byrne.
– He has left a big hole in our hearts, he said according to the report The Irish Timesand continued:
– He could only look at you with his big, brown eyes and sly grin, and you could give him anything. He was full of love, and gave so much love to everyone he met. He was a sociable little boy.
– Shocked and sad
Paschal Fitzmaurice, who is a councilor in the area where the boy was hit, says this to the news city year PA, according to The Guardian:
– The local community is shocked and saddened after the small child died. We sympathize with the family at this sad time. I send our condolences to the family and want them to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers.