The father and son who lost their lives in a suspected murder-suicide car crash are to be buried together in the same coffin, it has been confirmed.
Marco Velocci, 28, and his three-year-old son Alex were killed instantly after the black Audi being driven by Mr Velocci was involved in a head-on collision with a truck on the N24 Limerick to Tipperary road just 2km from the village of Oola shortly before 8.30am on Tuesday.
The little boy’s mother Jodie Power, 26, suffered a broken arm and also a number of stab injuries during an argument at her home with her former partner shortly before the fatal collision.
Mr Velocci drove away with his son after the altercation.
“There will be one Mass and one coffin,” said Fr John Morris, parish priest in Oola, who will celebrate the funeral Mass at 10.30am on Sunday in Oola church.
The removal will take place at Whelan’s Undertakers in Tipperary town on Saturday evening.
Ms Power, who underwent surgery to her arm at University Hospital Limerick this week, was due to be released from hospital yesterday ahead of the funeral for her young son and former partner.
Gardaí were hoping to formally interview Ms Power. who also has a nine month-old baby boy from another relationship.
A number of witnesses, including the truck driver and a motorcyclist who almost became caught up in the fatal collision have also been interviewed as part of the investigation.
It is understood that a number of people have given statements indicating that Mr Velocci drove out in front of the oncoming truck.
The truck driver who was not injured in the collision, is said to be extremely traumatised after the ordeal.
It is understood that Mr Velocci, who worked as a plumber, stayed in his former partner’s house on Monday night and that an argument took place at breakfast on Tuesday.
The couple were childhood sweethearts, but separated two years ago.
Mr Velocci shared custody of their son, who lived with his mother in a rented bungalow in the Co Limerick village of Oola.
Both sets of grandparents also live in the village of Oola.
Neighbour Bill O’Connell, who lives beside the Velocci family, who are mourning their son and grandson, said the family is in a daze since the tragedy which has shocked and saddened the entire community.
“This is an absolute shock for everyone and all our thoughts and prayers are with both families,” said Mr O’Connell.
The local man said Ms Power and her former partner were seen together on Monday and he described their three-year-old son as a “fabulous little boy”.
“The little fella was always with both sets of grandparents. It’s just an awful tragedy for everyone and the family are just going around in a daze,” said Mr O’Connell.
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