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Funeral of little Kai Corkum set to take place this week

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Three-year-old Kai Corkum who died on Friday 14 December. Kai is pictured making his christmas list for this year.

Three-year-old Kai Corkum who died on Friday 14 December. Kai is pictured making his christmas list for this year.

Three-year-old Kai Corkum who died on Friday 14 December. Kai is pictured making his christmas list for this year.

The funeral of three-year-old Kai Corkum killed tragically in a road crash will take place later this week.

Kai was hit by a car while walking to the shop with his aunt Amanda Corkum (23) and her partner to get a lollipop.

Little Kai Corkum was declared brain dead following the collision on Newtownards' Movilla Road at around 5.20pm on Thursday, and his family took the devastating decision to turn off his life-support on Friday.

A service will take place at the S. Clarke and Son funeral church in Newtownards at 11am on Wednesday.

His burial will follow an hour later at Whitechurch Cemetery in Ballywalter.

In a statement to parents on Monday, Castle Gardens Primary School, where Kai was a student in their nursery section Chuckles, said it was taking guidance from the Education Authority's critical incident team.

"Many children were already aware of what had happened and we reassured them all that this is something that does not happen very often," it says.

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"Your child may or may not want to talk about it but it is likely that he/she will need extra love and support from you in the days ahead. This does not mean that anything is wrong with him/her.

"It only means that this traumatic event has been too powerful for him/her to deal with on his/her own. He/she may be feeling anxious. Take time to listen to your child and try to provide a predictable routine for him/her at home. Avoid too many absences to start with. We have information that may be useful for you on our website.

"We are deeply saddened by this great loss but are trying, for the pupils’ sake, to keep the school environment as normal as possible. Over the coming days the following plans have been made."

On Sunday, Kai's distraught mum Yasmine (26) said her youngest son's death was the second tragedy to hit the family in recent years, after the death of their 19-week-old baby Lily-mai in January 2017.

"They say you should never have to bury your own child, but I'm having to bury my second in two years," said Yasmine, who said that young Kai's body was returned to his family home on Saturday.

"There are no words to describe it.

"Lily-mai passed away on January 3, 2017 - her heart was on the opposite side when she was born.

"She was operated on in Great Ormond Street Hospital and that gave her a fighting chance at life, but she contracted pneumonia, and that's what killed her.

"Kai will be buried beside his sister in Ballywalter this week. At this stage we think the service will be on Wednesday but it has yet to be finalised."


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