Final farewell to Ryan (10) killed in suspected attack by family's dog
The funeral will take place tomorrow of a 10-year-old Glengormley boy who died after a suspected attack by his family's German Shepherd.
A family notice said Ryan Busa died as the result of a "tragic accident" on Sunday, and that he was the "much-loved son of Mark and partner Donna, loving brother of Shane, Stacey, Dylan and Madison".
The service is to be held at his home in Queen's Avenue with committal afterwards in Carnmoney Cemetery East.
Donna Thomas, the partner of Ryan's father, paid tribute to the young boy on social media yesterday.
"We would just like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the kindness and support we have got from the whole community," she said.
"This is an absolutely devastating time for us but everyone's support, kind words and help has been unbelievable."
She added: "Again. Thank you. Each and every one of you. Even people from across Northern Ireland and the Slovakian community who support us in this hard time."
Ms Thomas also thanked Wrays funeral directors "who have so kindly taken the burden of the funeral".
She continued: "Ryan was a very special boy, loved by everyone.
"As his family, it feels impossible to imagine life without him.
"Ryan's death was a devastating accident and his death has brought a lot of people together."
At this stage it remains unclear what decision has been made about the dog thought to be responsible for the attack.
A spokesperson for Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council said yesterday that they were unable to comment on the incident while it remained a live police investigation.
They added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time."
Earlier this week police ordered additional forensic tests to be carried out on the young boy after a post mortem examination on Monday.
On Sunday, emergency services had been called to the scene on Queen's Avenue where the family had moved to around a year ago.
It is understood Ryan, a pupil of Ashgrove Primary School, had been found covered in blood and with cuts to his face.
Treated at the scene by the Northern Ireland Ambulance service, he was rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital where he died a short time later.
Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.
They have appealed for anyone with relevant information to call police on the non-emergency number 101.