Little Caleb Scott, grandson of ex-Northern Ireland councillor, killed in Australia crash
Fundraiser started to support family
There has been a huge outpouring of support for a former Newtownabbey councillor after his 14-year-old grandson was killed in a crash in Australia.
Caleb Scott was killed after he was hit by a truck while out playing on his bike with a friend in the Whyalla Norrie area in the south of the country.
His parents described him as a "chatterbox" who was dependable and quirky.
“He was the best kid ever,” his devastated mother Stacey told the Adelaide-based The Advertiser.
His father Jon said the two boys reached a road junction with his friend pulling to a stop while the other carried on through.
Police told the family the boy's death would have been instantaneous.
The Scott family said the support from their community had been “overwhelming”.
Here in Northern Ireland there has been a similar outpouring of support.
His grandfather John Scott served twice as the mayor, first for Newtownabbey and later as head of the larger Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. He was a representative of both the DUP and UUP before retiring from politics last year for health reasons.
He said he was "heartbroken" over the death. He is preparing to fly to Australia with wife Audrey and daughter Sarah for the funeral.
After posting about the incident on Facebook, people from across the community and political divide paid their condolences.
"So sorry for your loss John, thinking of you all," said former UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson.
Belfast councillor Jim Rodgers added: "Deeply sorry to hear of this latest tragedy to hit your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad and difficult time. God Bless."
Alliance councillor John Blair said: "Dreadful news John. We are all thinking of you and your family."
Caleb is survived by his parents and brothers Jackson, 16, JJ, 11, and one-year-old Sammy.
A fundraiser has been launched to help support the family. to donate go to JustGiving.
It has been set up by Mr Scott's daughter Sarah and almost £500 was raised over the weekend.
“We are overwhelmed with everyone’s messages of love and support at this extremely difficult time,” said Sarah.
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