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Funeral of three-year-old accident victim Kai Corkum to take place in Newtownards

Little Kai Corkum who died after being struck by a car

THE funeral of the three-year-old boy who died after being struck by a car in Co Down will take place tomorrow.

Kai Corkum was involved in the accident on the Movilla Road in Newtownards on December 13 while walking to the shop with a relative to get a lollipop.

His family took the agonising decision to turn off his life support the folliwng day after doctors confirmed there was no brain activity.

A service will be held at S Clarke and Son funeral church in Newtownards at 11am and Kai will be laid to rest at Whitechurch Cemetery in Ballywalter.

This is the second child the family has buried in the past two years.

Kai's heartbroken mum Yasmine (26) revealed they also lost 19-week-old baby Lily-mai in January 2017.

The three-year-old will be buried beside his sister.

"There are no words to describe it," she said.

Yasmine and husband Michael, who also have two older sons, described Kai as an affectionate boy who always had a smile and loved everybody.

Meanwhile, the local community has rallied round to support the Corkums and an online fund to help with funeral costs had almost reached its £5,000 target.

A tribute to Kai on the GoFundmMe page described him as a "loving, beautiful and smart little boy" who always had a smile on his face.

It said the fund will help with funeral costs and also give the family "one less thing to worry about so they can grieve for their son in peace".

Kai was a pupil at the Chuckles pre-school department of Castle Gardens Primary School, which has been providing support to pupils.

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