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Funeral held for 12-year-old boy hit by bus

Mourners gathered at St Matthew's Church in Sunderland. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Friends and family of Matthew Hayes, the 12-year-old boy who died after being hit by a bus in Sunderland, attended his funeral today.

The service was held at St Matthew’s Church on Silksworth Road in Sunderland. It was lead by The Revd David Tolhurst, who said: “We are here today in overflowing numbers, to try to comfort Matthew’s family and friends and to try to comfort ourselves.

"If numbers alone could heal grief then the massive outpouring of love for Matthew’s family over the past week and again today would have dried our tears."

Commenting before the service the vicar said: “My thoughts and prayers are with Matthew’s family at this terrible time. The communities of Moorside, Ryhope and Silksworth share their shock and disbelief as we mourn the loss of such a young life.

"Since the tragic incident over 250 people have come from the local community to St Matthew’s over the course of the last week to light candles and to pray for Matthew’s family. Today is a day of great sadness, but also a day to remember, with affection, a young life that touched so many people.”

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