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Saturday 16 December 2017

'He should have his whole life ahead of him' - Family prepare for funeral of boy (6) left for dead at roadside

Donnacadh Maguire with Cahir Killen (18)
Donnacadh Maguire with Cahir Killen (18)

Donna Deeney

The family of a young boy found dead in the street in Derry will say a final goodbye to him tomorrow.

Donnacadh (Donny) Maguire (6) passed away at Altnagelvin Hospital on Tuesday.

He had been found lying on the road outside his Tyrconnell Street home with serious head injuries.

While the exact circumstances of his death are still being investigated, police have said his injuries may have been caused "as the result of a collision with a vehicle".

Donnacadh Maguire
Donnacadh Maguire

A man arrested on Tuesday has been released on bail.

His family will gather tomorrow for a Mass of the Angels at St Eugene's Cathedral in Derry.

Donnacadh's uncle and godfather Cahir Killen said it will be another tough day.

He said: "I have never experienced anything like this in my whole life, it is so terrible, a total shock for us all.

"I feel I am in a nightmare and I keep waiting to wake up and everything will be okay again, but then I realise that is never going to happen.

"I don't know how I am going to get through it all and we have the funeral ahead of us, which is going to be incredibly hard.

"Our wee Donny brightened up my life so much, he was so full of energy.

"He was an incredible wee boy who loved to entertain you.

"He had so much confidence, there wasn't a shy bone in his body.

"I will always remember him for how much love he had in him for life - he had such a sunny personality and I am blessed for every moment I had with him.

"It is the memories of all the good times I spent with Donny and his sister Saoirse that will keep me going in the weeks and months that lie ahead."

Donnacadh died on Tuesday morning despite the best efforts of his mother Sarah and their neighbours, who ran from their homes to administer first aid until paramedics arrived.

Mr Killen said getting the phone call to tell him his little godson had passed away left him speechless.

He added: "My aunt rang me and the minute she came on the phone I knew something was wrong.

"I fell to bits with shock when she told me. I couldn't even take it in how something so dreadful could have happened to our wee boy.

"Donnacadh should have had his whole life ahead of him but he has been taken from us and we have to say goodbye to him."

Mass of the Angels for Donnacadh is at 11am tomorrow.

Belfast Telegraph

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