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Thursday 21 November 2019

Chantelle (7) to be laid to rest by her 'heartbroken' family after crush tragedy

Tributes at the scene where Chantelle Keenan died
Tributes at the scene where Chantelle Keenan died

Seven-year-old Chantelle Keenan, who died after a car accident on a driveway, will be laid to rest tomorrow surrounded by her loved ones.

The schoolgirl, originally from Finglas, Dublin, had been visiting relatives in Drogheda, Co Louth, on Sunday when a car rolled back and pinned her against a gate.

A death notice released on RIP.ie said that Chantelle had died "tragically in an accident".

Shock

The notice added that Chantelle at "just seven years, will be very sadly missed by her heartbroken daddy and mammy, John and Kathleen, brother Michael, sister Chelsea, grandfathers, nannies, aunts, uncles, friends from school, extended family, neighbours and friends".

A removal will take place at St Canice's Church, Finglas village, tomorrow morning at 11.20am for requiem mass at 11.30am, followed by burial to Glasnevin Cemetery.

A car was believed to have been parked in the driveway when it suddenly rolled back toward the little girl.

Chantelle's family had been living in Rath Lodge, Ashbourne, Co Meath, and neighbours expressed their shock at the sudden loss of the child.

One relative took to social media in the aftermath of Chantelle's death to say how she had been playing in a paddling pool just an hour before the tragic event.

The family member added: "Our hearts are broken.

"Please. I'm begging everybody to pray for my family. Poor Chantelle is gone but we still need your prayers," they wrote.

Relatives had rushed to the little girl's aid in the light of the accident and an ambulance took her to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

However, despite the best medical efforts, she was later pronounced dead.

Gardai confirmed the incident was a "tragic accident".

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