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Kayden Fleck Ballymena funeral details announced - boy (5) swept to his death

Funeral details for Ballymena schoolboy Kayden Fleck, who died after falling into a river in the Co Antrim town have been announced.

It will be held at 2pm on Thursday in Ballymena Elim Church.

Family pastor Thomas Todd of Ballykeel Pentecostal Church said the service was being held in a bigger church as they anticipated a large turnout.

“The family are trying to put on a brave face but the reality is so incredibly difficult,” he told the News Letter.

Kayden lost his life after falling into the Braid River near the Ecos Centre in Ballymena at around 1pm on Saturday.

It is understood that the twins' dad Darrel raised the alarm after he went looking for the them.

They were thought to have been playing in a park near the Flecks' old family home in Ballykeel 2. The family had moved to a new home in Cullybackey just a week ago.

A major search operation was launched and Kayden was pulled from the water near Tullygarley, more than 45 minutes later. He was immediately airlifted to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, but sadly, he passed away in hospital.

A book of condolence was opened at Harryville Primary School on Monday.

Principal Lesley Meikle said the death of the little boy had "ripped out the heart" of his school and community.

Kayden died after being swept away in the fast-flowing River Braid
Kayden died after being swept away in the fast-flowing River Braid
Kayden Fleck (right) with twin brother Jayden
Little Sophie McCormick signs the book of condolence at Harryville Primary School for P1 pupil Kayden Fleck
PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/02/2018 A book of Condolences has been opened at Harryville Primary School for young Kayden Fleck. Jamie McDowell seen writing her message.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/02/2018 A book of Condolences has been opened at Harryville Primary School for young Kayden Fleck.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/02/2018 A book of condolence has been opened at Harryville Primary School for young Kayden Fleck. Natalie Coyle writes in the book of condolence at Harryville Primary School.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/02/2018 A book of condolence has been opened at Harryville Primary School for young Kayden Fleck.

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