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Little Kai Corkum's funeral - heartache as family says final farewell to boy killed in car crash

Pacemaker Press 19/12/18
Family and Friend during The Funeral of Kai Corkum at Clarke and Son funeral church in Newtownards on Wednesday. The three year old died after being hit by a car near his Newtownards home.
Picture Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 19/12/18 Family and Friend during The Funeral of Kai Corkum at Clarke and Son funeral church in Newtownards on Wednesday. The three year old died after being hit by a car near his Newtownards home. Picture Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
Three-year-old Kai Corkum hugging mum Yasmine
Pacemaker Press 19/12/18 Kai's father Michael during The Funeral of Kai Corkum at Clarke and Son funeral church in Newtownards on Wednesday. The three year old died after being hit by a car near his Newtownards home. Picture Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
Kai who died after being knocked down
Pacemaker Press 19/12/18 Kai's father Michael during The Funeral of Kai Corkum at Clarke and Son funeral church in Newtownards on Wednesday. The three year old died after being hit by a car near his Newtownards home. Picture Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 19/12/18 Kai's parents, Yasmine and Michael Corkum during The Funeral of Kai Corkum at Clarke and Son funeral church in Newtownards on Wednesday. The three year old died after being hit by a car near his Newtownards home. Picture Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
Mason, Kai and Tyler with grandparents Kenneth and Margaret
Pacemaker Press 19/12/18 Family and Friend during The Funeral of Kai Corkum at Clarke and Son funeral church in Newtownards on Wednesday. The three year old died after being hit by a car near his Newtownards home. Picture Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 19/12/18 Family and Friend during The Funeral of Kai Corkum at Clarke and Son funeral church in Newtownards on Wednesday. The three year old died after being hit by a car near his Newtownards home. Picture Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 19/12/18 Kai's parents, Yasmine and Michael Corkum during The Funeral of Kai Corkum at Clarke and Son funeral church in Newtownards on Wednesday. The three year old died after being hit by a car near his Newtownards home. Picture Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 19/12/18 Family and Friend during The Funeral of Kai Corkum at Clarke and Son funeral church in Newtownards on Wednesday. The three year old died after being hit by a car near his Newtownards home. Picture Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 19/12/18 Family and Friend during The Funeral of Kai Corkum at Clarke and Son funeral church in Newtownards on Wednesday. The three year old died after being hit by a car near his Newtownards home. Picture Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 19/12/18 Family and Friend during The Funeral of Kai Corkum at Clarke and Son funeral church in Newtownards on Wednesday. The three year old died after being hit by a car near his Newtownards home. Picture Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
Three-year-old Kai Corkum who died on Friday 14 December. Kai is pictured making his christmas list for this year.
Pacemaker Press 19/12/18 Family and Friend during The Funeral of Kai Corkum at Clarke and Son funeral church in Newtownards on Wednesday. The three year old died after being hit by a car near his Newtownards home. Picture Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 19/12/18 Family and Friend during The Funeral of Kai Corkum at Clarke and Son funeral church in Newtownards on Wednesday. The three year old died after being hit by a car near his Newtownards home. Picture Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 19/12/18 Kai's mother , Yasmine during The Funeral of Kai Corkum at Clarke and Son funeral church in Newtownards on Wednesday. The three year old died after being hit by a car near his Newtownards home. Picture Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 19/12/18 Kai's father Michael during The Funeral of Kai Corkum at Clarke and Son funeral church in Newtownards on Wednesday. The three year old died after being hit by a car near his Newtownards home. Picture Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
Kai Corkum died following a road traffic collision in Newtownards, Co Down, on Thursday (PSNI/PA)

There were emotional scenes in Newtownards on Wednesday as three-year-old Kai Corkum was laid to rest after he was knocked down by a car.

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

A service was held at the S. Clarke and Son funeral church in Newtownards and Kai was then buried at Whitechurch Cemetery in Ballywalter.

Kai had been walking to the shop with his aunt Amanda Corkum (23) and her partner to get a lollipop when the tragedy occurred.

A 21-year-old man who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving has since been released pending further inquiries.

Kai's distraught mum Yasmine (26) told the Belfast Telegraph earlier this week that 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.

Kai was buried next to his sister Lily-mai.

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