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Emotional funeral of Lowestoft boy Rio Bell killed near King’s Lynn Mart

17:18 02 March 2012

Rio Bell, who died after he was hit by a car in King

Rio Bell, who died after he was hit by a car in King's Lynn.


The emotional funeral of a three year-old Lowestoft boy who died after being hit by a car in King’s Lynn was held today.


As the service was held for Rio Bell his grieving parents, Phil and Kelly, relatives and friends heard how he had changed their lives forever with the love he had brought them all.

And before Rio was laid to rest the service at St Peter and St John Church in the Kirkley part of Lowestoft heard how his family felt no anger, bitterness or revenge about his death.

Rio died in King’s Lynn on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 15 after he was hit by a blue Audi in Kings Street by the annual Lynn Mart.

More than 150 people attended Rio’s funeral service which was held by the rector of Kirkley the Rev Andrew White and saw his white coffin enter to the R Kelly song If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of time.

In a moving eulogy he said: “In the time I have spent with members of the family over the last few days, I have been struck by the total absence of anger and bitterness or any need for revenge.

“What has been present is the courtesy and graciousness with which I have been made welcome into this family at their greatest hour of need.

“At times like this words fail all of us, but through all the pain and loss, they have managed to speak very powerfully of how they were all affected by Rio and how their lives were changed forever with the arrival and presence of this boy, now held onto with affectionate memory.”

The service heard Rio, who was born on July 1, 2008 had two sisters, Amber and Lacy and a brother Drew who he loved playing with.

He loved playing Mario Kart on Nintendo DS, Thomas the Tank Engine and his Spiderman suit and he was well known for saying “Mr Gorgeous” and also “Good boy”. He also enjoyed going to Fen Park nursery and breakfast club, where he loved playing on bikes, using the slide in the play area and playing with trains.

Mr White said: “He was a real character, a loving boy, the best son in the world.

“He will always be remembered.

“Rio’s purpose in life was to infect those he came into contact with love for him and in doing so discover their own very powerful capacity to be loving human beings. He reminded everyone of the goodness that they carried inside themselves.

“He lit up people’s lives with positive energy and in doing so put them in touch with what was most important in life.

During the service Rio’s family light candles in his memory and his coffin left the church for Kirkley Cemetery accompanied by the Whitney Houston song I Will Always Love You.

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