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Toddler dies in Bessbrook collision

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Toddler dies in Bessbrook collision thumbnail Three-year-old Christopher Ward who lost his life in Friday’s tragic collision.

THE funeral took place yesterday (Monday) of a three-year-old Bessbrook boy who has been described by his family as their "baby angel".

Christopher Ward sustained fatal injuries after he was struck by a vehicle outside his home at Dobs o n's Way in the town, on Friday morning.

The child was rushed to Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry for treatment, but despite the best efforts of medical staff, he sadly passed away around 1pm.

The death of the toddler, who was the only child of John and Michelle, has devasted his family and sent shockwaves throughout Bessbrook, where the little boy's family have lived for a number of years.

One of the child's cousins, Chloe Maughan - who had previously posted online asking for prayers while he was being treated in hospital - posted a collage of photographs of the toddler, along with a message, "Rest in eternal paradise in heaven above baby angel".

Mourners attended Christopher's funeral Mass at St Peter and Paul's Church in Bessbrook yesterday (Monday) and he was laid to rest afterwards at Cloughogue Cemetery.

Amongst those expressing sadness was Newry, Mourne and Down Council chairperson and Slieve Gullion Sinn Fein Councillor, Roisin Mulgrew.

Speaking following the incident, Councillor Mulgrew expressed a sense of shock and sorrow shared by the wider community.

"This tragic incident has sent shockwaves throughout the community, and the loss will be felt in every home in the area, but not least with the grieving family.

"My thoughts are with his family and friends over the coming weeks and months as they come to terms with this tragedy, as will those of every citizen in the area," she said.

SDLP MLA Justin McNulty described it as "a complete tragedy" and said it will be "one that will be felt by the entire community".

"Our thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences are with the deceased, his family and community at this very difficult time." Ulster Unionist Councillor David Taylor also expressed his condolences to the family of the young boy who lost his life as a result of the tragic accident.

"This is a heartbreaking incident which has no doubt left his family distraught and has come as a great shock to the entire local community," he said.

"My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very sad time and I hope and trust they will find the necessary strength to cope with their grief over the difficult days which lie ahead." Newry and Armagh DUP MLA William Irwin said he wished to pass on his sincere sympathy and condolences to the Ward family at this time of immense sadness and grief.

"Words cannot adequately describe the pain, anguish and heartbreak that has been visited upon the Ward family at this time and I simply want to pass on my thoughts and prayers and those of the entire community at this time.

"To lose a child in this manner is absolutely heartbreaking and I know this accident has shocked the entire community.

"Since news of the accident broke everyone was praying that little Christopher would pull through.

Sadly that was not to be and a family circle has been plunged into great sadness and deep personal loss," he said.

Inspector Denise Graham has appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact officers in Newry by calling 101 quoting reference number 399 of 11/08/17.

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