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He was precious part of both class and school family: Northern Ireland school 'devastated' at boy's death in crash

By Jonathan Bell

A Northern Ireland primary school paid tribute to one of its pupils killed in a crash saying he was a "precious part of both his class and the whole school family".

The eight-year-old boy died at the scene of a crash between two cars on Saturday evening on the Aughnacloy Road on the outskirts of Banbridge.

A man, woman and another child remain in hospital. Their injuries are said to be serious with one in a critical condition.

His school, Carrick Primary in Lurgan paid tribute to the boy.

"We are devastated to hear of Callum's death," it said in a Facebook post.

"Callum was a precious part of both his class and our whole school family in Carrick. We remember him in particular for his great smile, a love of football and a determination to learn so that he could achieve his goal of being a marine biologist.

"As a school community we are praying continually for his family circle, who were so obviously devoted to both boys."

Hundreds of people have offered their sympathies to the boy's family in the wake of the tragedy.  Tributes were also left at the crash scene on Sunday.

"He was such a lovely wee boy..can’t stop thinking about what the family are going through.. my thoughts are with them and all Callum’s friends in school," said one woman in tribute.

MLA Carla Lockhart knows the famlly.

"Our hearts break for the family and the unbearable grief there is a little chair now sitting empty. Our hearts break for them, the community and their school." The DUP member said.

"It is the second fatality on this road in a number of weeks and is a terrible loss to the family concerned who live within the Lurgan area," she said.

"My thoughts, first and foremost, are with the family who have lost their child and also to the drivers involved. Nothing can prepare you for the loss of a child and in such tragic circumstances our hearts got out to them."

Police have appealed for information.

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