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Mourners line street in tribute to three-year-old killed in crash

Xander Irvine was walking with his mother in Edinburgh when a car mounted the pavement.

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People place flowers on the funeral cortege of Xander Irvine, the three-year-old boy killed in an accident in Morningside, Edinburgh (Jane Barlow/PA)

People place flowers on the funeral cortege of Xander Irvine, the three-year-old boy killed in an accident in Morningside, Edinburgh (Jane Barlow/PA)

People place flowers on the funeral cortege of Xander Irvine, the three-year-old boy killed in an accident in Morningside, Edinburgh (Jane Barlow/PA)

Hundreds of mourners have placed roses on a hearse carrying a three-year-old boy who was killed in a car crash.

Xander Irvine was walking along Morningside Road in Edinburgh with his mother Victoria, 37, when he was hit by a car on Tuesday June 30.

The red Kia mounted the pavement and crashed into a shop front at around 2.30pm.

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The route of the funeral cortege was lined by local people (Jane Barlow/PA)

The route of the funeral cortege was lined by local people (Jane Barlow/PA)

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The route of the funeral cortege was lined by local people (Jane Barlow/PA)

Xander was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

His mother was also injured but has since been released from hospital.

Residents and business owners lined the street on Thursday morning to pay their respects as the funeral procession drove by.

Local florist Quate & Co handed out 400 roses to those who had gathered so they could be placed on the hearse as it passed.

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Xander was killed as he walked along the pavement with his mother (Jane Barlow/PA)

Xander was killed as he walked along the pavement with his mother (Jane Barlow/PA)

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Xander was killed as he walked along the pavement with his mother (Jane Barlow/PA)

In a statement previously released by the family, they said: “Xander Paul Thomas Irvine, three years old, was out for a walk in Morningside with his mother on Tuesday afternoon when a tragic accident occurred.

“Xander was a very happy, bubbly, intelligent little boy who was very dearly loved by his parents Victoria and Paul.

“Xander was a real chatterbox who just loved books, playing with all sorts of vehicles and his Lego.

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The roses were placed on the hearse as it passed by (Jane Barlow/PA)

The roses were placed on the hearse as it passed by (Jane Barlow/PA)

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The roses were placed on the hearse as it passed by (Jane Barlow/PA)

“He really enjoyed life and he enriched the lives of everyone he met.

“Victoria and Paul are devastated and feel as if their hearts have been ripped out.

“Xander will be so very sorely missed by them both and all his family and friends in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

“What will we do without you, Xander?”

Police said the 91-year-old woman driving the car was not injured.

A fundraiser was launched to help the family, and more than £25,000 had been donated by Thursday.

Tributes were paid to Xander in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday afternoon, with Greens co-leader Alison Johnstone telling MSPs he will “never be forgotten”.

Her voice trembling with emotion, Ms Johnstone said: “I’m sure that this Parliament will wish to send its sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of three-year-old Xander Irvine, whose funeral took place in Edinburgh this morning.

“The huge number of people who turned out on Morningside roads to pay their respects is testament to the love the community has for Xander and his family.

“He will never be forgotten.”

I'm sure the thoughts of everybody across the chamber are with his family today and for a long time to comeNicola Sturgeon, First Minister

In response, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “None of us, I don’t think, in this chamber can come close to understanding the heartbreak and devastation that his parents are suffering right now.

“I saw on social media pictures of people lining the streets for his funeral this morning and I just think all of us really struggle to find the words to convey the sense of sympathy we feel for everybody who loved the little boy, and I’m sure the thoughts of everybody across the chamber are with his family today and for a long time to come.”

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