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The funeral cortege of Xander Irvine, the three-year-old boy killed in accident in Morningside, Edinburgh, when a car crashed onto a pavement on June 30. Pic: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

The funeral cortege of Xander Irvine, the three-year-old boy killed in accident in Morningside, Edinburgh, when a car crashed onto a pavement on June 30. Pic: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

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Xander Irvine, three, who was killed in accident in Morningside, Edinburgh, when a car crashed onto a pavement on June 30 and whose funeral takes place on Thursday. PA Photo

Xander Irvine, three, who was killed in accident in Morningside, Edinburgh, when a car crashed onto a pavement on June 30 and whose funeral takes place on Thursday. PA Photo

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The funeral cortege of Xander Irvine, the three-year-old boy killed in accident in Morningside, Edinburgh, when a car crashed onto a pavement on June 30. Pic: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Hundreds of mourners placed roses on a hearse carrying a three-year-old boy who was killed in a car crash.

Xander Irvine, who had family links to Northern Ireland, was walking along Morningside Road in Edinburgh with his mother Victoria (37) when he was hit by a car on June 30.

The red Kia mounted the pavement and crashed into a shop front at around 2.30pm.

Xander was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

His mother was also injured but has since been released from hospital. Residents and business owners lined the street yesterday morning to pay their respects as the funeral procession drove by.

Local florist Quate & Co handed out 400 roses to those who had gathered so they could be placed on the hearse as it passed.

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Xander Irvine, three, who was killed in accident in Morningside, Edinburgh, when a car crashed onto a pavement on June 30 and whose funeral takes place on Thursday. PA Photo

Xander Irvine, three, who was killed in accident in Morningside, Edinburgh, when a car crashed onto a pavement on June 30 and whose funeral takes place on Thursday. PA Photo

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Xander Irvine, three, who was killed in accident in Morningside, Edinburgh, when a car crashed onto a pavement on June 30 and whose funeral takes place on Thursday. PA Photo

In a statement previously released by the family they said: "Xander Paul Thomas Irvine, three years old, was out for a walk in Morningside with his mother on (June 30) when a tragic accident occurred.

"Xander was a very happy, bubbly, intelligent little boy who was very dearly loved by his parents Victoria and Paul. Xander was a real chatterbox who just loved books, playing with all sorts of vehicles and his Lego.

"He really enjoyed life and he enriched the lives of everyone he met. Victoria and Paul are devastated and feel as if their hearts have been ripped out.

"Xander will be so very sorely missed by them both and all his family and friends in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

"What will we do without you, Xander?" Police said the 91-year-old woman driving the car was not injured.

A fundraiser was launched to help the family, and more than £25,000 has been donated.

Tributes were paid to Xander in the Scottish Parliament yesterday.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "None of us, I don't think, in this chamber can come close to understanding the heartbreak and devastation that his parents are suffering right now."

Belfast Telegraph