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So awful Father of tragic Belfast tot Liam O’Keefe carries his tiny coffin at funeral

The infant was pronounced dead after being stabbed in Brompton Park last Tuesday

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Liam O’Keefe carries his son’s coffin from Brown’s Funeral Home on the Oldpark Road before heading on towards Roselawn Crematorium. Photo by Pacemaker

Liam O’Keefe carries his son’s coffin from Brown’s Funeral Home on the Oldpark Road before heading on towards Roselawn Crematorium. Photo by Pacemaker

Liam O’Keefe carries his son’s coffin from Brown’s Funeral Home on the Oldpark Road before heading on towards Roselawn Crematorium. Photo by Pacemaker

The father of tragic tot Liam O’Keefe who died in a stabbing incident in north Belfast last week carried his tiny coffin during his funeral today. 

Liam O’Keefe, who shares the same name as his two-month-old baby, cradled the white coffin in his arms as the funeral cortege made its way from a private service at Brown’s Funeral Home on the Oldpark Road towards Roselawn Crematorium.

The infant was pronounced dead after being stabbed in Brompton Park last Tuesday while his sister Kayla (2) was rushed to hospital in a critical condition before being stabilised.

Their mother Raluca Tagani (29) has been charged with her son’s murder and attempted murder of her daughter.

Fr Gary Donegan described it as “one of those tragedies so awful that it transcends all traditions and creeds."

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Baby Liam O’Keefe

Baby Liam O’Keefe

Baby Liam O’Keefe

The children’s father had been in England but rushed back to Belfast after hearing the news.

At a vigil outside the former family home he said he was “truly heartbroken” by the tragedy.

“To all the neighbours and the full community for all their help and support, I really appreciate it all,” he said at the time.

“Holding this vigil means the world to me. I am truly heartbroken but it gives me the strength to know you are all giving so much love and support.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

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It has since been reported that the Police Ombudsman is assessing a visit that police made to the family home just days before the young child died.

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Liam O'Keefe (Father of Baby Liam O’Keefe) during a Vigil for the  baby boy who was murdered at a house in north Belfast on Tuesday 
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Liam O'Keefe (Father of Baby Liam O’Keefe) during a Vigil for the baby boy who was murdered at a house in north Belfast on Tuesday Pic Pacemaker

Liam O'Keefe (Father of Baby Liam O’Keefe) during a Vigil for the baby boy who was murdered at a house in north Belfast on Tuesday Pic Pacemaker

An Ombudsman spokesman previously commented: “Police notified us about a serious incident in Ardoyne and we’re now conducting preliminary inquiries in relation to the police response.

“A decision will be made in the coming days about whether there are issues requiring investigation by the Police Ombudsman’s office.”

A community fundraising effort to support the family of the tragic Belfast baby has raised more than £3,885 (€4,567) of a £5,000 (€5,878) goal.

It says: “The community in Ardoyne wants to unite to support the family of baby Liam O' Keefe who lost his life this week in a tragedy.

“The fundraising efforts will help to fund his funeral which is due to take place next week.

“We appreciate any support. RIP Baby Liam.”

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