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'Dearly missed' Tributes paid to crash victim Aaron Webb (12) as photo released of tragic schoolboy

The community have rallied to support the family and expressed their sorrow and dismay at the death of Aaron.

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Aaron Webb

Aaron Webb

Aaron Webb

This is the smiling face of the tragic schoolboy who lost his life on the way home on Friday afternoon.

A Christmas forever ruined for the loved ones of Aaron Webb who was just 12-years-of age when he was struck by a van on the Lisburn Road outside Glenavy in County Antrim.

Aaron, who was from the Greater Lisburn area, was walking on the road when he was struck by a van. Investigations are continuing.

He was rushed to hospital but died later from his injuries leaving his stunned family heartbroken.

Last night tributes were made to the talented schoolboy.

The community have rallied to support the family and expressed their sorrow and dismay at the death of Aaron.

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

One close friend said: “ I’m sorry to share this sad news about the passing of Aaron. His family and friends are in a state of shock after the unexpected death of him. He was loved by many and he will be missed dearly by all who knew him."

Another added: “It is our prayer that God grants the strength and courage to those grieving this loss. There is no feeling more difficult than losing someone dear to you. In light of this death, we send our thoughts and prayers to the entire family.”.

Alliance councillor David Honeyford said it was “heartbreaking news”.

He said: “This is a horrific tragedy - words can’t convey the unimaginable pain and 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.”

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Sergeant Braiden of the PSNI said: “Officers attended along with colleagues from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. Aaron was transported to hospital but, sadly, was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

“The collision took place at approximately 3.30pm. We are appealing to anyone who was travelling in the area around this time and who witnessed the collision, or who may have captured dash cam footage, to contact us on 101."

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