First picture of boy, 11, found dead in house in suspicious circumstances

First picture of boy, 11, found dead in house in suspicious circumstances


 This is the first picture of an 11-year-old boy found dead in a house in suspicious circumstances yesterday  Brooklyn Colbert was discovered fatally assaulted with multiple injuries.  A 26-year-old man, believed to be known to the boy, presented himself at a police station and is still helping with the investigation  Local sources said a man was observed on Sunday evening walking with the boy as they made their way to a house in Ballynanty, Limerick   Irish Mirror says bloodstains were visible on the handle of the front door of the house today  Forensic officers have carried out an examination of the property.  Chelsea Smyth, who lives close to the scene, said: “I know the families (involved) and it’s hurtful to hear of the loss    “We are all very shocked, especially in this area, things like this don’t normally happen here ”  The mum-of-two described Brooklyn as “a lovely little boy”.  “Him and his mam, it was just the two of them He was the apple of her eye.”  “It’s very sad and very shocking,” she added.  Local Sinn Fein councillor Sharon Benson said: “When I heard the news last night my stomach sank It’s a young child, and it’s absolutely devastating.”    Another local woman living nearby said it was hard to describe the depth of sadness felt it the area  “It is just shocking and devastating that he is so young. It’s a terrible thing that’s happened, so I don’t even know how to put it into words ”  John Costelloe, a local father of four, and a Sinn Fein councillor, said his “thoughts and prayers” were with the boy’s family  “I can’t believe it, an eleven-year old boy taken from his family and his community It’s absolutely horrendous. People are just numb around here. It’s just beyond words, really ”  The boy’s father, named locally as Wayne Colbert, is a well-known soccer player who had spells with a number of League of Ireland clubs, sporting sources said  The boy’s devastated mother, named locally as Sonia Aylmer, was being supported by friends and family as well as a Garda Liaison Officer  Reliable sources said Brooklyn was Ms Aylmer’s “only child”.  “He was her whole life, she is obviously, absolutely heartbroken We just can’t believe this has happened,” they added.  A post mortem is being carried out this Monday by assistant state pathologist, Dr Margaret Bolster, at University Hospital Limerick  Gardai appealing for information said: “Any person who was in the vicinity of Shanabooley Road, Ballynanty or in the Moyross area between 4pm-7pm (Sunday), and who saw anything suspicious or to any person who may have seen anything suspicious or to any person who may have information in relation to this investigation is asked to contact the incident room at Mayorstone Park Garda Station on 061-456989, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station ”

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  1. Brooklyn was my best friend and meant the world to me 💔 When I heard that he died it broke me to pieces knowing that he never knew how important he was to me.

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