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Family say farewell to 'beautiful' toddler Pearl Black

The funeral has taken place of a one-year-old girl who tragically died when a parked car rolled into a wall, which then collapsed on top of her.

Pearl Melody Black died when the Range Rover's brakes failed and rolled down a steep driveway in Heolgerrig, near Merthyr Tydfil.

The collapsed wall struck and killed the toddler, who was walking past with her father and younger brother, Acer.

Today a horse-drawn carriage left the family home before arriving at Jerusalem Baptist Church, Pentrebach, where the funeral service took place.

Mourners wore black adorned with pink roses and pearls in her memory as they paid their respects to the toddler.

Pearl Black was 22 months old. Credit: South Wales Police

During the service, Pearl's father, Paul Black, said the death of his "beautiful, funny, clever" daughter has left an "immeasurable hole" in the family's lives.

Wow. Wow. So many people. So much love. There will not be one second of any day that I go through the rest of my miserable life that I do not think of her. The hole that she has left in our lives is immeasurable.

In the short time she was here she filled our lives with love. How? How do you face it? How does any one person face the future without her?

– Paul Black, Pearl's father.

The tragedy happened half a mile from the family's home while they visited Pearl's grandparents.

Her eight-month-old brother Acer was also injured in the incident.

They were both taken to Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, where tragically Pearl was pronounced dead.

Forensic experts are examining the vehicle to find out the cause of the failed brakes. Jaguar Land Rover have confirmed they will co-operate as the investigation continues.

An inquest into Pearl's death is due to resume in October.

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