Boy killed in Tenerife hit-and-run a 'wee star', says father
A schoolboy who was killed in a hit-and-run incident in Tenerife was a "wee superstar", his grieving father has said.
Carter Carson (9) was struck by a car while leaving a shopping centre with his family in the town of Adeje in the south of the island on Thursday, and died in hospital on Friday.
Carter (below) was on holiday with his father Stuart and his partner Clair.
Stuart told 'Belfast Live': "Carter was our world, with a smile that touched so many hearts. He was a football crazy kid whose loss we can't describe.
"We would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for their support, kind words and generosity.
"Rest easy, Daddy's wee superstar."
Spanish police launched a manhunt after a car believed to have been involved in the incident was abandoned a few kilometres from the scene.
Later, they said they had arrested two people in connection with the incident and expressed their sympathy to the family.
Carter was a pupil at Abbots Cross Primary School in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, and a statement posted on the school's Facebook page read: "The whole school community is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of one of our pupil, Carter Carson.
"Carter was a quiet, hardworking boy with lovely manners and a gentle, caring nature.
"He loved a game of football and was an enthusiastic member of our school running club and our football club.
"He was recently awarded Star Pupil of the Month and no-one had a bigger smile than Carter when he received his Star Pupil Award."
The school added that it was working with the relevant agencies "to ensure that appropriate support is put in place for our pupils, parents and teachers as we try to deal with losing Carter in these tragic circumstances".
Charlene Dinnen, a family friend, set up a Just Giving page to help the family with the funeral costs.
As of Sunday evening the page had raised £7,455, more than two-and-a-half times its original £3,000 target.
Newtownabbey Youth Football Club, where Carter had played football, posted on Facebook: "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his friends at the club."