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Yasmine Corkum's festive anguish over tragic Kai

Michael and Yasmine Corkum
Michael and Yasmine Corkum
Kai Corkum
Victoria Leonard

By Victoria Leonard

The mother of a three-year-old knocked down and killed in Co Down has said Christmas is "just not the same without our wee man here".

Yasmine Corkum (26) posted the emotional message on social media in the early hours of Christmas morning, 12 days after the death of her youngest son Kai.

Kai had been walking to the shop with his aunt Amanda Corkum (23) to get a lollipop when the collision occurred on Movilla Road in Newtownards on December 13.

He was buried beside his baby sister Lily-mai, who died at the age of 19 weeks in January 2017, after a funeral service last Thursday.

Over 100 mourners filled a Newtownards funeral home to mark the life of the young boy, who was carried from his funeral service to the sound of his favourite song Baby Shark in an emotional ceremony.

Posting after the service on behalf of herself and her husband, Yasmine wrote: "Me and Michael want to thank each and everyone for everything they have done and even more for giving our baby boy the send off he deserved. The support has been absolutely overwhelming and we thank everyone. Still just feels like a bad dream."

And on December 23 the grieving mum shared a poem entitled Memories Of Our Little One At Christmas, captioned with the words: "My girl Lily-mai and now my boy Kai."

Its last few verses read: "For we hope and pray you're playing with the angels, having fun. But please don't forget, we love you.

"Happy Christmas, little one."

Kai is survived by his brothers Mason (4) and Tyler (6).

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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)

A gofundme page set up to support the Corkum family has so far raised more than £5,500.

A 21-year-old man arrested at the scene of the collision on suspicion of dangerous driving was released on police bail pending further enquiries.

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