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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 December, 2003, 14:10 GMT
Funeral of crash victim
Hundreds lined the streets for the funeral
Hundreds lined the streets for the funeral
Hundreds of people have lined the streets of west Belfast for the funeral of the 11-year-old boy killed in a road accident at the weekend.

Christopher Shaw, from Valleyside Close, was one of two children who died after being struck by a car near the junction of the Falls and Springfield roads on Friday.

The little boy should have celebrated his 12th birthday on Monday.

His older brother Darren who was hurt in the same incident is still in a critical condition in hospital.

The brothers were walking along with their father, eight-year-old sister and eight-year-old friend Emma Lynch, when they were struck by a car.

Their sister and father escaped injury. Emma later died from her injuries.

Christopher Shaw should have celebrated his 12th birthday on Monday
Christopher should have celebrated his 12th birthday on Monday
On Tuesday, church bells tolled as the funeral cortege passed the spot where Christopher was knocked down.

At the front of the procession, a guard of honour was formed by his brother's team, Newhill under-14s.

His sister Claire, who was with her brothers at the time of the accident, laid flowers.

During Mass at St Paul's Church on the Falls Road in Belfast, prayers were said for Emma Lynch.

Her funeral is set to take place on Wednesday.

Father Martin Graham said every Christmas would bring the pain of memory for the Shaw family.

He said the loss of Christopher had shattered their hearts.

Christopher was buried in the City Cemetery.

A 42-year-old man has been charged with causing the deaths of Christopher and Emma by dangerous driving and of causing grievous bodily harm to Darren.




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BBC NI's Yvette Shapiro:
"Father Martin Graham said every Christmas would bring the pain of memory for the Shaw family"




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