Alfie Evans: Private funeral to be held

Crowds gathered on the streets of Liverpool to pay tribute to Alfie, with hundreds seen outside Everton's Goodison Park stadium while a procession passed by.

Alfie died on April 28 at the age of 23 months.

The funeral cortege of Alfie Evans goes past Everton's Goodison Park ground in Liverpool, England, Monday, May 14, 2018.

Alfie had suffered from an undiagnosed 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".

Alfie Evans: parents' legal battle to keep son on life support
GALLERY: Tearful mourners line streets outside Goodison Park to say farewell to tragic tot

Alfie had a degenerative neurological brain condition and his case drew global attention when his parents became determined to keep him on life support.

A number of cards were also left at the foot of the statue with one reading: "Alfie". Fly high with the angels.

Alfie's parents lost a series of legal challenges against that ruling, including at the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.

In February, a High Court judge ruled that doctors could stop providing life support for Alfie, against his parents' wishes, saying the child required "peace, quiet and privacy". Kate James and Tom Evans said their son's death had left them "heartbroken". His parents had wanted to take him overseas to Italy for further treatment - but doctors said further treatment was futile and his life support was withdrawn last month.

A separate vigil was held in Liverpool's Springfield Park last Wednesday to mark what would have been Alfie's second birthday.

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