Thomas Haché, an 11-year-old Shippagan, NB, boy who was hospitalized after being struck in the head by a scooter, has died.
Haché’s death was announced Saturday in a post for a GoFundMe campaign raising money for the family.
“He had fought hard for the past two days but his body could not heal,” said the post.
Shippagan Mayor Kassim Doumbia said the death is heartbreaking for the community.
“It’s really sad, sad news,” said Doumbia.
He said flags at municipal buildings and the school will be at half-mast.
People in the small town of about 2,500 are coming to terms with the loss of the child.
Jany Nowlan, who lives next door to the Haché family and whose partner is Haché’s cousin, said the neighborhood feels like they’ve lost part of their family.
She told Radio-Canada that Haché was loved by everyone, he was always laughing and was quite mature for his age.
Jany Nowlan told Radio-Canada that Haché was loved by everyone and the thought she’ll never see him again is unimaginable. (Sarah Dery/Radio Canada)
Haché was also an accomplished athlete in soccer, hockey and handball.
Nowlan said the thought she’ll never see him again is unimaginable and it will be hard to go on without him.
In a statement sent to parents, Rodney Ward, the principal of l’École L’Envolée where Haché went to school, said the boy died Saturday evening and an intervention team will be at the school on Monday to help students.
RCMP told Radio-Canada that on Thursday Haché was struck in the back of the head by a 15-year-old in the town.
The 11-year-old was later sent to the IWK in Halifax with serious injuries, including a fractured skull and bleeding in the brain.
The RCMP say they are investigating.
A memorial has already started to form at the Haché family home. (Sarah Dery/Radio Canada)
On Saturday, the GoFundMe page said Haché was in a coma and in critical condition.
Doumbia said the family later made the difficult decision to take the boy off life support.
‘We have to be there for both families,’ says mayor
The incident, combined with both youth being from the community, has resulted in the mayor pleading for restraint and understanding.
Flags are at half-mast at the town hall in Shippagan, NB (Sarah Dery/Radio-Canada)
Doumbia said two families are suffering and asked residents to be mindful about what they post on social media.
“We have to be there for both families to make sure that they can find a way to cope with that situation,” he said.
Shippagan Mayor Kassim Doumbia is pleading for restraint and understanding. (Sarah Dery/Radio Canada)
Doumbia said the situation hits especially hard in a small town like Shippagan where “everybody knows each other.”
“What I’m hoping for is that … events won’t tear [families] apart and we will find ways to forgive,” said Doumbia.
“At the end of the day it’s important to forgive.”