Boy, 8, killed in horror car crash ‘dreamed of being marine biologist’

This is the first picture of a "precious" eight-year-old boy who died in a horror crash in Northern Ireland.

Little Callum Morrow, who loved football and wanted to be a marine biologist, was fatally injured following a two vehicle collision between Castlewellan and Banbridge, in County Down, on Saturday afternoon.

His dad Stevie O’Braonain is also understood to have been injured in the crash alongside another child and a woman.

Mr O’Braonain is in a stable condition in Craigavon Area Hospital.

The second child is also understood to be in a stable condition while the woman remains critically ill.

The local community has been left reeling following the crash and tributes have poured in for "smiley" Callum, who was a pupil at Carrick Primary School and a member of Lurgan Celtic FC, Belfast Live reports.

In an online tribute, a school spokeswoman said the community was "devastated" by the tragic death.

She said: "Callum was a precious part of both his class and our whole school family in Carrick.

"We remember him in particular for his great smile, a love of football and a determination to learn so that he could achieve his goal of being a marine biologist.

"As a school community, we are praying continually for his family circle."

Lurgan Celtic FC has paid a similarly moving tribute to their young member.

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A club spokesman said: "Everyone at Lurgan Celtic is deeply saddened and extend heartfelt condolences and thoughts to the Brennan and Morrow families at this tragic time.

"Our prayers and thoughts are with you all, and at such times football pales into insignificance but the Lurgan Celtic family stand united in offering their support and condolences."

Carla Lockhart, Upper Bann DUP MLA, who knows Callum’s family, said the community was devastated by the loss of a "wee life".

She said: "I cannot imagine the turmoil for this family. There’s a little seat in the home and school that is left empty."

Doug Beattie, Upper Bann UUP MLA, whose grandson attends the same school, said he too was dismayed to hear the news, which "had caused great heartbreak".

PSNI have confirmed that the fatal two-car collision happened on the Aughnacloy Road on July 21.

Inspector Gregory Beckett said: "The boy tragically died at the scene of the two-vehicle collision which occurred at around 5.20pm on Saturday evening, involving a silver Audi Q3 and a silver Ford Focus.

"Three other people have been taken to hospital and are being treated for injuries which are described as serious.

"We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have dashcam footage to contact local officers in Lurgan or the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference 994 21/07/18."

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