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Tributes to Callum Morrow (8) who died in crash that left dad and brother in hospital

By Mark Bain

Tributes were paid yesterday to the eight-year-old boy who died in a two-car collision near Banbridge on Saturday.

Callum Morrow from Lurgan died at the scene of the crash, which happened on the Aughnacloy Road around 5.20pm.

Three other people - including Callum's six-year-old brother James and father Steven Brennan - remain in a serious condition in hospital.

It is understood the family were returning home from a day out in Newcastle when the tragedy occurred.

Callum was a pupil at Carrick Primary School, whose staff said they were devastated by the news. A statement said: "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."

Lurgan Celtic FC, where the brothers played football, said: "It is with an extremely heavy heart that everyone at Lurgan Celtic extends heartfelt condolences and thoughts to the Brennan and Morrow families at this tragic time.

"Our prayers and thoughts are with you all, and at such times football pales into insignificance but the Lurgan Celtic family stand united in offering their support and condolences."

The organisers of the annual Lurgan Show said: "We are devastated to learn of the death of Callum, beloved elder son of our show photographer Stevie Brennan. Please pray for Stevie and the entire family circle. In our thoughts and prayers."

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council Julie Flaherty said the family will now need all the community support they can get in the weeks and months ahead.

"I know the family and I have made contact with them personally," she said.

"I'm a bereaved mother myself so perhaps I can look on it differently. I can only send all my love and support to a mother who has lost a child, and has not only lost a child but is now travelling between two different hospitals.

"Little Callum's school is in shock and I know a lot of the parents who had children attending the school are shocked.

"What can you say to all his little friends who he'd grown up with since nursery school? How can you explain what has happened to them?

"It's heartbreaking."

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart added: "This is a very tragic occurrence on what was a peaceful Saturday evening.

"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.

"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."

Sinn Fein MLA John O'Dowd also expressed his deepest sympathies to the family and friends.

The Upper Bann MLA said: "As a father of young children myself my thoughts and prayers go out to the young boys' parents and family."

PSNI Inspector Gregory Beckett confirmed: "The boy tragically died at the scene of the two-vehicle collision which occurred at around 5.20pm on Saturday evening, involving a silver Audi Q3 and a silver Ford Focus.

"Three other people have been taken to hospital and are being treated for injuries which are described as serious.

"We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have dashcam footage to contact local officers in Lurgan or the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference 994 21/07/18."

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