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Brooklyn Colbert’s devastated dad carries coffin as parents reveal son survived life and death battle as tot

TRAGIC Brooklyn Colbert‘s heartbroken parents said their boy survived a life and death battle as a tot – before being “stolen” from them.

The 11-year-old’s body was found with multiple injuries at a house, located off the Shanabooley Road, Ballynanty, Limerick last Sunday.

Brooklyn Colbert‘s mum revealed how her son came back from the brink at nine-months-old as the tragic 11-year-old was laid to rest today Sonia Aylmer said Brooklyn was her and his dad’s ‘little miracle’

His mother paid heartbreaking tribute to her beloved “brown-eyed boy” at his funeral mass in Limerick today.

A love letter, read out at St Saviours Church on behalf of devastated Sonia Aylmer, described how Brooklyn had been blessed with the “softest little protective soul”.

Ms Aylmer revealed how Brooklyn had battled back from the brink when he was just a baby: “When God tried to take you when you were nine months old, you pulled through. You were my, and your father’s, little miracle.

“From the minute you could walk, you would dance all over the house like a professional hip hop star.”


The tribute went on: “You were always making me and everyone around you laugh. All of your friends adored you and looked up to you.

“You were my best friend, my mini-husband, we did everything together. You looked after me just as I looked after you.”

As Brooklyn’s family made preparations to shoulder his white coffin into the church, a man was appearing in court nearby and charged with his murder.

Sonia’s letter added: “My beautiful brown-eyed boy, from the minute you were born you made my life complete. The happiest little child, from the minute you opened your eyes in the morning, you would smile, you were a little fighter.

“You hadn’t a bad bone in your body, you were an angel living on earth.”


The tribute continued: “I don’t know how I’m going to get through life without you Brooklyn. What I wouldn’t give now to hear your beautiful voice.

“Please watch over me and your father and give us the strength to live without you. I promise you I will make you proud.

“I will let you rest now, sleep tight my love. I love you with all my heart. I will see you soon and I will hold you in my arms forever.”

Brooklyn’s heartbroken father Wayne Colbert told mourners his son had been “stolen” from him.

He said: “You were your mam’s pride and joy, the apple of her eye. You were such a polite and well spoken, caring and loving child.”

The talented soccer player who had played with Limerick FC, broke down several times, whispering “this is hard, this is hard”.

Mr Colbert said: “Brook I loved everyday we spent together. You weren’t just my son, you were my best mate, you were my training partner, my pride and joy. You made me the proudest father.

“My heart is broken into pieces. You were my everything. We were besties, real mates, real real mates.

“I will hold you in my heart until I hold you in my arms again. You are Daddy’s angel now, fly high.”

Mr Colbert prayed to local champion boxer Kevin Sheehy, who was killed in a hit and run last July, to look after Brooklyn.

He added: “He was a king, a real king, that’s what Kevin Sheehy was, and that’s a man that will hold my boy and mind him.”

Brooklyn was laid to rest in Limerick