Carter Carson's heartbroken dad in loving tribute to son killed in Tenerife hit-and-run
Tributes were paid yesterday to Newtownabbey schoolboy Carter Carson, who died in a hit and run incident in Tenerife.
The nine-year-old was struck by a car while leaving a shopping centre with his family in the town of Adeje in the south of the island on Thursday, and died in hospital on Friday.
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It is understood that Carter was on holiday with his dad Stuart and his partner Clair.
Stuart told Belfast Live: "Carter was our world, with a smile that touched so many hearts.
"He was a football crazy kid whose loss we can't describe.
"We would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for their support, kind words and generosity. Rest easy Daddy's wee superstar."
Spanish police launched a manhunt after a car believed to have been involved in the incident was abandoned a few miles from the scene.
Later, they said they had arrested two people in connection with the incident and expressed their sympathy to the family.
Carter was a pupil at Abbots Cross Primary School in Newtownabbey and a statement posted on the school's Facebook page read: "The whole school community is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of one of our pupils, Carter Carson.
"Carter was a quiet, hardworking boy with lovely manners and a gentle, caring nature.
"He loved a game of football and was an enthusiastic member of our school running club and our football club. He was recently awarded Star Pupil of the Month and no one had a bigger smile than Carter when he received his Star Pupil Award."
The school added that they were working with the relevant agencies "to ensure that appropriate support is put in place for our pupils, parents and teachers as we try to deal with losing Carter in these tragic circumstances".
The school said it would be opening later this week to allow parents and pupils to sign a book of memories for Carter.
Charlene Dinnen, a family friend, set up a JustGiving page to help the family with the funeral costs. On the page she wrote: "Carter was a happy go lucky wee boy who just loved his footy taken after his daddy and his granda. I can't even put into words how heartbreaking this is. Sleep tight wee man xxx."
As of Sunday evening the page had raised £7,455, more than two and a half times its original £3,000 target. Newtownabbey Youth Football Club, where Carter played football, posted a message on Facebook reading: "It is with deepest condolences and heavy hearts we as a club are saddened to hear of the tragic passing of young Carter Carson this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his friends at the club."
Writing on Facebook on Sunday evening, Carnmoney Ladies FC, a Newtownabbey-based football team, said: "Carter & his dad Stuart will be familiar to many at our club, particularly our junior teams who have played 18th Newtownabbey Youth at Valley LC over the years & also our girls who attend Abbots Cross PS.
"Our thoughts & prayers are with the entire Carson family circle & our friends at 18th Newtownabbey."
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was "providing assistance to the family following the tragic death of a British child in Tenerife".