A Devonport family has suffered double pain at the funeral of their son, Jye Sheehan, who died in the jumping castle tragedy a week earlier.
As Daily Mail reported, Glen, Jye’s father, was recently put into a coma after a car accident weeks before his son’s death. As a result, he could not attend the Christmas Eve funeral of his 12-year-old son on Friday morning, Dec. 24.
Glen has been told that his injuries will leave him hemiplegic since waking up from his coma. However, according to the Royal Hobart Hospital, he was in serious but stable condition.
According to a family representative, Glen will see his son’s burial video in the coming weeks with Jye’s mother, Katrina Lamprey.
Jye’s burial was brief but touching. He was remembered as a happy boy who liked eating fried rice, soccer, video games, and talking to his dog after school.
“I know if Glen was able to share his memories here today, it would be full of stories of adventures he and his son shared together.” Glen’s cousin said according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
His Hillcrest Elementary School teachers remembered Jye as a kind boy. A teacher recalled when Jye accidentally kicked a soccer ball into her chest in the playground.
“It was hard to stay mad given his reaction. He checked in on me a number of times with genuine concern. That was our last cuddle, and one that I will cherish,” she said.
The Devonport community deeply supports the relatives of the six youngsters who died in the jumping castle tragedy. They gathered $1.4 million through a fundraising campaign to assist the bereaved families of the victims.
Jye and five of his friends died in a windblown jumping castle disaster at the last school ceremony.
The jumping castle and inflatable zorb balls were blown about by a strong wind at Hillcrest Elementary School.
Before crashing to the earth, the inflatable equipment rose roughly ten meters in the air, and all the children inside fell out.
The accident investigation is expected to last several weeks.