Mourners line streets of Liverpool to say farewell to Alfie Evans

Grant Boone
May 16, 2018

Hundreds of people have lined the streets of Liverpool to pay their respects to toddler Alfie Evans on the day of his funeral.

The 23-month-old boy, who suffered a severe degenerative neurological condition, died April 28, some 10 days after his father, Tom Evans, had asked Pope Francis to help get him to Rome for treatment.

Evans was born on May 9, 2016, and was first taken to hospital in December of that year after suffering seizures.

The little boy, from Bootle in Merseyside, died last month after a very public battle against a degenerative brain condition.

Toy soldiers and the Everton club motif were nestled beside his tiny coffin, while the lead two hearses carried floral wreaths spelling out the words "Warrior", "Our Hero", "Son", "Nephew", "Grandson" and "Blue".

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His case drew worldwide attention when it became the centre of a High Court legal battle over his care.

Tributes were left outside the stadium at the bottom of a statue of famous Evertonian Dixie Dean. His parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, had lost a lengthy legal fight that went to the European Court of Human Rights. Fly high with the angels.

During the protracted legal battle, Alder Hey Children's Hospital said staff had experienced "unprecedented personal abuse" as it found itself at the centre of a "social media storm" as a result of the case.

One woman told the Liverpool Echo she had come because "I want Kate and Tom to know I care", while another said she was "so proud" of Alfie's parents.

Supporters of Alfie Evans have organised a vigil to "brighten up the world" on what would have been his second birthday.

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