Alfie Evans funeral: Tearful mourners applaud and toss flowers at passing hearse

Alfie Evans' nearly two years long battle against his neurodegenerative disorder came to an end on April 28 as he succumbed to his disease after his life support was discontinued


                            Alfie Evans funeral: Tearful mourners applaud and toss flowers at passing hearse

People in Everton, Liverpool threw flowers at the hearse carrying toddler Alfie Evan's coffin on Monday after his family conducted a private funeral.

His father, Tom Evans, reportedly sat next to a small white casket as the funeral procession passed the supporters.

Alfie Evans' nearly two years long battle against his neurodegenerative disorder came to an end on April 28 as he succumbed to his disease.

The infant, whose parents were advised to take him off life support, brought his supporters across the world together on his funeral as they mourned the toddler, calling him a "warrior."

Floral tributes begin to arrive outside Alder Hey Hospital after terminally ill 23-month-old Alfie Evans died at 2:30am this morning on April 28, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Getty Images)
Floral tributes begin to arrive outside Alder Hey Hospital after terminally ill 23-month-old Alfie Evans died at 2:30am this morning on April 28, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Getty Images)

The 23-month-old toddler's case gained international attention after his parents initiated a legal battle against the medical team's advise to withdraw the child from life support. 

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust reportedly sought a declaration that stated continued ventilatory support was "unkind and inhumane", however, Alfie's parents, Kate James and Thomas Evans, resisted the application.



Alfie's casket on Monday was adorned with floral tributes reading "Our Hero" on top, while his coffin had images of toy soldier and an Everton FC crest with the words "Alfie's Army," according to the Mirror.

Tom Evans, Father of Alfie Evans, holds a photograph of his son as he speaks to media outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital on April 26, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Getty Images)
Tom Evans, Father of Alfie Evans, holds a photograph of his son as he speaks to media outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital on April 26, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Getty Images)

Several mourners, present for the infant's last ride, reportedly wore t-shirts with a picture of Alfie with a message that read: "The boy who brought the world together".



Reports state that dozens of mourners had gathered around Everton's Goodison Park ground in advance on Monday morning as they left tributes at the base of the Dixie Dean statue, according to Liverpool Echo.

The mourners present were reportedly invited to line the procession route for Alfie's funeral, which was attended by family and friends.

 Balloons being prepared to release in memory of Alfie Evans outside Alder Hey Hospital after terminally ill 23-month-old Alfie Evans died at 2:30 am this morning on April 28, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Getty Images)
 Balloons being prepared to release in memory of Alfie Evans outside Alder Hey Hospital after terminally ill 23-month-old Alfie Evans died at 2:30 am this morning on April 28, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Getty Images)

Reports state that other vehicles participating in the process contained tributes shaped like animals and flowers which spelt out the words "son", "grandson" and "nephew."



The procession also had two supporters of Alfie's -- mothers Candice Cadette, 30, and Cherrelle Bright, 31 -- who traveled from Manchester to Liverpool to attend the event.

People react as balloons are released in memory of Alfie Evans outside Alder Hey Hospital after the terminally ill 23-month-old died at 2:30am this morning on April 28, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Getty Images)
People react as balloons are released in memory of Alfie Evans outside Alder Hey Hospital after the terminally ill 23-month-old died at 2:30am this morning on April 28, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Getty Images)

"He was an amazing little boy with so much courage. We just all need to come together to support him and his family and show that they're not alone. He's stolen everyone's heart and I feel like he's our family. It's devastating," Candice told Mirror, referring to the infant.

"If it was one of my children it would mean so much to me that people were supporting me and keeping his spirit alive," she added.

Supporters begin to gather outside Alder Hey Hospital after terminally ill 23-month-old Alfie Evans died at 2:30am this morning on April 28, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Getty Images)
Supporters begin to gather outside Alder Hey Hospital after terminally ill 23-month-old Alfie Evans died at 2:30am this morning on April 28, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Getty Images)

The parents failed their bid to continue life support for their child and doctors at the Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool stopped providing life-support treatment Alfie last month. The couple reportedly lost their legal battles in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.