Tributes yesterday poured in for the family of tragic twin Diarmuid Frazer, who lost his fight for life after being knocked down by a car.
The six-year-old from ‘the Rock’ outside Lisburn had been crossing Railway Street in the city at 3.35pm last Wednesday with his identical twin brother Cormac to get their hair cut in a barber’s shop when the accident happened. Diarmuid died on Friday night.
Cormac, who sustained non-life threatening injuries, has been discharged from the Royal Victoria Hospital.
The boys were both in Primary Two in Ballymacward Primary School.
Yesterday school principal Brendan Saddler released a statement on the school website advising parents the school would be open today.
“Following the tragic death of our much loved pupil, Diarmuid, school will be open at the usual time in the morning,” he said.
“The children will be supported by their teachers, classroom assistants and all the staff of the school as we come to terms with what has happened.
“Additional support will be on hand from trained SEELB staff.
“Our heartfelt sympathies, prayers and support are with Diarmuid’s family at this very distressing time.”
A death insertion on Healy’s undertakers’ website says Diarmuid will be missed by his parents Tina and Barry, and siblings John James, Cormac and Orlaith.
SDLP councillor for Lisburn, Pat Catney, said the “tragedy has affected everyone in the community”.
Mr Catney, who knows the Frazer family, said: “Everyone is devastated. Everybody I meet is talking about it because they feel so helpless and powerless in how to help the family.
“It is a terrible tragedy when two little brothers were knocked down. One, thank God, is recovering but the other has lost his fight for survival.”
Mr Catney, who has spoken with members of the Frazer family, added: “I know their mother and father and their greater family circle are distraught.
“The whole community is in a state of shock. There is a lot of work going on in Lisburn at the minute and it happened in a split second.”
SDLP councillor for Antrim, Thomas Burns, added that he “has never seen the community so saddened”.
“Everyone in the community is devastated for the Frazer family,” he said.
“It is unthinkable. This has been a great tragedy.”
The twins, along with brother John James, were members of Hannahstown GAA Club Lamh Dhearg CLG.
A statement on the club’s Facebook site read: “Diarmuid Frazer RIP. May Diarmuid, who has earned his angel wings, rest in peace and our thoughts and prayers are with the Frazer family.”
The Mayor of Lisburn City Council, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, said the prayers of the community in Lisburn are with the boy’s family.
She said: “My heart goes out to the child’s parents, twin brother and wider family circle.
“This is a desperate tragedy, and as a mother myself I can only imagine the pain and loss that is currently being endured.
“I wish to convey my sincere sympathies at this very difficult time and know the greater Lisburn community will be thinking of and praying for this family.”
Lisburn Town North DUP councillor Scott Carson said people were in shock following the tragedy.
“Any death in such circumstances is difficult to come to terms with, however it is even more tragic when the victim is a young child,” he said. “I would like to express my condolences to the family who I can only imagine are heartbroken.”