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Community mourns tragic death of toddler

A community is in mourning this week after a toddler was killed in a tragic accident which has sent shockwaves throughout the locality. Three year old Christopher Ward was knocked down outside his home in Dobson’s Way on Friday morning.  Heartbreakingly, it is believed the vehicle was being driven by a relative. 

The tot’s distraught family rushed him to Daisy Hill Hospital for emergency treatment but he later died from his injuries.  A member of the Travelling community, dozens of extended family and friends joined Christopher’s relatives at the hospital desperately hoping the toddler would pull through and there were emotional scenes as news of his tragic death filtered through.

An onlooker at the hospital said the community was in shock at the news and described it as “any family’s, any parent’s, any community’s worst nightmare.”

Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Roisin Mulgrew, says the tragedy has sent shockwaves throughout the close-knit community in the village.

“The loss will be felt in every home in the area, but not least with the grieving family,” she said. “My thoughts are with his family and friends over the coming weeks and months as they come to terms with this tragedy.”

SDLP MLA Justin McNulty says the tragedy “will be felt by the entire community”.

“Our thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences are with the deceased, his family and community at this very difficult time,” he added.

Ulster Unionist councillor David Taylor also offered his thoughts and prayers to the family after the “heartbreaking incident” and said he hoped they