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Funeral of boy who died after being struck by van to take place tomorrow

Aaron Webb was taken to hospital but died a short time later

A 12-year-old schoolboy who died after being hit by a van in Co Antrim is to be laid to rest tomorrow.

Aaron Webb passed away in hospital following the accident which occurred on the Lisburn Road, outside Glenavy, on Friday afternoon.

The boy, who was from Stoneyford in the greater Lisburn area, was a pedestrian.

Police confirmed he was struck by a van and have appealed for anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have dashcam footage to contact them.

Aaron was described as a "very kind" young boy and thousands of messages have been left for the family on social media.

Alliance councillor for the area, David Honeyford, said: "Heartbreaking news. This is a horrific tragic, words can't convey the unimaginable pain & agony the family will be going through.

"My heart goes out to the entire family circle, my thoughts and prayers are with them at this extremely difficult time of loss."

A Funeral Times notice said that Aaron was the “beloved son of Brian and Laura, and much loved grandson of Liam and Deirdre Moore. Rest in Peace.

“Aaron will be removed at 10.20am on Tuesday from his grandparents residence, 136 Lisburn Road, Glenavy to St. Joseph's Church, Glenavy for 11am Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery.

"Very deeply regretted by his sorrowing parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and entire family circle.”

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