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Jackson Turner: Funeral details announced for schoolboy killed in horror crash

By Rebecca Black and Jonny Bell

Published 30/12/2015

Jackson Turner
Jackson Turner
Jackson with mum Lynsey
Little Jackson Turner died after the car in which he was travelling was in a collision on the Old Carrick Road
Jackson's mother Lynsey
Jackson and little sister Ally

The funeral for Jackson Turner, the seven-year-old boy killed in a three-car crash in Co Antrim at the weekend will take place on Saturday.

Jackson Turner died following the collision on the Old Carrick Road, Newtownabbey on Boxing Day.

His grandmother Margaret Saunders remains critically ill in hospital, while his little sister Ally (4) was left badly bruised.

Four others were also injured.

Jackson's funeral will take place in Carrickfergus on Saturday at noon before moving to Roselawn for committal at 2pm.

The family have asked for donations in lieu of flowers to be made to the Children's ICU at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

"Your love is always with us," the family said announcing the funeral arrangements.

"Your place no-one can fill, in life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still."

Meanwhile, the primary school Jackson attended has been inundated with tributes and messages of support.

Gareth Hamilton, principal of Sunnylands Primary School in Carrickfergus, said the community has been left devastated by Jackson's death.

He told how counselling would be offered to pupils and staff, and that a special assembly would be held next Wednesday when the school resumes after the Christmas break.

"Definitely as a school we will be doing something for Jackson, and there will be counselling offered for individual pupils and staff," he said. "In my mind I am thinking of some kind of special assembly on Wednesday when the children return. We have been bowled over with comments of support from parents who are just in shock, and also colleagues from other schools.

"That has been a comfort. Yesterday, the Education Authority contacted me in the holidays.

"We are due back next Wednesday, but Monday and Tuesday will be staff training days.

"We are taking each stage at a time and keeping in mind to work around when the funeral will take place, which has not been announced yet."

Jackson died on Saturday evening with his parents by his side. Jackson's mother Lynsey told the Belfast Telegraph she was broken by her son's death.

An online campaign to cover the cost of the little boy's funeral has collected almost £7,000.

Yesterday the PSNI renewed its appeal for information about the crash.

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