'I wish you were here beside me,' says grieving sister (7)
THE seven-year-old sister of the young boy who tragically drowned at the National Aquatic Centre last Sunday spoke movingly of her love for him yesterday.
Logan Joyce (4), pictured right, drowned after wandering into a pool with a gentle current during a family day out at the centre in Dublin.
At an emotional funeral Mass in Finglas, Dublin, Logan's sister Krystal briefly spoke about her little brother. "I wish you were here standing beside me . . . I miss you very much, and so does Dad and Mum," she said. "I love you very much."
Floral tributes adorned the Church of the Annunciation, while large photographs of Logan surrounded his small white coffin.
Family friend Fr Paddy Kelly told mourners that the little boy was a fun-loving, lively and adventurous child, and said yesterday must have been the hardest day in the lives of his parents, Tracey and Michael.
"Logan was a beautiful child who brought so much happiness and joy to all who knew him," Fr Kelly said.
Fr Kelly said the hearts of the community went out to Logan's devastated parents and sympathies were also extended to his sisters Krystal and Dakota, and brothers Brody and Brandon.
"What happened to you must be a parent's worst nightmare," Fr Kelly said.
"Logan's death and the circumstances of it all has shocked and saddened the whole community here, and not just this community, but right across the country."
Music during the Mass was provided by the school choir of Gaelscoil Ui Earcain in Finglas, where it was expected Logan would go in September. At the close of the Mass, Logan's distraught mother was inconsolable as she read a brief verse.
Following the Mass his grieving parents stood behind his coffin, which was placed in a horse-drawn carriage, before it left for Dardistown Cemetery.