A heartbreaking Mother's Day after tragic death of six-year-old boy
The grieving mum of a six-year-old boy who died after a road accident spent Mother's Day awaiting the return of her child's body, as his twin brother played outside the family home.
Little Diarmuid Frazer died on Friday night, two days after sustaining fatal injuries in the accident in Lisburn.
He and his twin brother were struck by a car as they crossed a busy road on Railway Street.
Cormac, who sustained non-life threatening injuries in the tragedy, was discharged last week. Yesterday, he played outside the family home near Glenavy as the family waited to bring Diarmuid's body home.
The brothers had been on their way to a hairdressers with their mother, Martina, when the pair were struck.
Lisburn City councillor Patrick Catney said the family is heartbroken over the death.
"They had been keeping a bedside vigil all week, and hoped and pray the little boy would pull through," he said.
"Lisburn has been hoping and praying, hanging on tenterhooks hoping Diarmuid would pull through, and so to have this news is so devastating."
Both boys were primary two pupils at Ballymacward Primary School near Stoneyford, where staff and pupils held a special assembly for the brothers last week.
In a statement released on the school's website, principal Brendan Sadlier described little Diarmuid as a much loved pupil.
"The children will be supported by their teachers, classroom assistants and all the staff at the school as we come to terms with what happened," he said.
"Our heartfelt sympathies, prayers and support are with Diarmuid's family at this very distressing time.
The twins, along with their brother John James, were members of Hannahstown GAA Clun Lámh Dhearg CLG.
A statement posted on the club's Facebook page on Friday Saturday said: "May Diarmuid who has earned his angel wings, rest in peace and our thoughts and prayers are with his Family."
Mayor of Lisburn City Council, councillor Margaret Tolerton, also expressed her sympathies to the Frazer family.
"My heart goes out to the child's parents, twin brother and wider family circle," she said.