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HOW COULD OUR LITTLE ANGELS DIE?; Dad leaves cell for tot funeral.

Byline: WENDY MILLER

A CONVICTED robber left his prison cell yesterday to attend the funeral of his six-week-old twin sons.

The bodies of Aiden and Ciaran Barr had been found side by side at the family home in Renfrew, near Glasgow, after a suspected double cot death.

Yesterday, their heartbroken mum Lorraine was joined at the funeral by the twins' dad Robert McGeachy.

And she broke down when she saw her partner arrive for the touching service at the town's St James' Catholic Church, just three weeks after he began his jail sentence.

Robert, 34, is serving three years at Kilmarnock Prison for assault and robbery, but was given special permission to attend.

Escorted by two guards, he stayed chained to one warder throughout the 35-minute service.

The grieving parents were joined by more than 200 mourners.

And young and old wept together as the tots' tiny white coffins - draped in cream ribbons and flowers - were carried into the church.

Outside, friends and family left floral tributes with the messages "Goodbye, little angels" and "So young, yet so sadly missed".

As the church organ played a lullaby, Lorraine, 31, had to be supported by her father John and brother William.

Father James Cunningham, who led the service, said: "We are here to say goodbye to Aiden and Ciaran.

"Their parents will have many questions as to why this happened. We are here to offer them comfort in this dark hour."

Mourners later moved on to nearby Arkleston Cemetery, where the boys were buried side by side in a single plot.

Lorraine found their tiny bodies last week after daughter Adele, 12, said she couldn't wake her brothers.

An initial post mortem confirmed they died of "sudden unexpected death in infancy", but the specific cause has yet to be found.

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SOMBRE TASK: Aiden and Ciaran's tiny coffins are carried from the church as hundreds of mourners gathered to say goodbye to the tragic twin brothers; MUM'S TEARS: Stunned Lorraine is comforted by prisoner husband Robert
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 24, 2003
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