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Dying eight-year-old 'marries' his school sweetheart

An eight-year-old boy who had set his heart on 'marrying' his school sweetheart achieved his final wish the day before he died of leukaemia.


By Laura Clout
Last Updated: 8:22AM BST 22 Jul 2008

Given only weeks to live, Reece Fleming proposed to his 'special friend' Elleanor Purgslove at a laser tag party.

After she accepted, their parents arranged a make-believe wedding at Reece's home in Mackworth, Derby. He died the next day with his family.

Reece's mother Lorraine Fleming said he told her, "I can go now" after his wish had been granted.

The 28-year-old said: ""He was so proud of her, and we were proud of them both."

Reece was diagnosed with leukaemia in July 2004, when he was aged just four.

He fought the disease for four years until May when doctors told him he had just weeks to live.

Ms Fleming, said she and his stepfather Mick Thompson had tried to help him achieve as much as possible before his death, including marrying his sweetheart.

"When we found out that we only had a few weeks with him we tried to do absolutely everything with him that we could.

"Him and Ellie had been 'special friends' for a couple of years but then they broke up.

"We said we'd have a pirate party, and Ellie came. She went to visit Reece a few times in hospital as well.

She added: "We also had a football and laser quest party, apparently that's when he proposed to her."

The pair went out to dinner in the mayor's limousine and the families organised a 'wedding', complete with rings, a stand-in vicar and a certificate.

The ceremony was carried out on July 4 and the following day Reece died at home with his family and a Macmillan nurse.

At his funeral, mourners followed a horse-drawn hearse on foot.

Ms Fleming added: "Even on the Saturday that he died, he got out of bed and walked to the sofa.

"He always tried walking, right to the end, so we thought if he walked for us then we would walk for him."

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Will's uncle Jeff was murdered last Saturday. This is one of the people I attributed to the demise of my marriage. Will's a total wreck, so he's in PA right now. I'm stuck taking care of Tyson for the week as a FAVOR, not as his husband.

Snyder County man killed in mysterious shooting
by The Patriot-News
Sunday March 23, 2008, 7:33 PM

State police are looking for the public's help in their investigation of a mysterious shooting death Saturday night in Snyder County.

Jeffrey E. Stock, 46, was killed when he was shot by an unknown assailant at his home off Seven Stars Road in West Perry Township. An autopsy Sunday showed Stock died of a single gunshot wound to the abdomen, according to a statement released by the Mifflin County Coroner's office.

Stock was on his porch when he called out to occupants inside the house that he has been shot, the coroner's release stated. He was in cardiac arrest when emergency crews arrived and was pronounced dead on arrival at Lewistown Hospital.

According to state police, the incident is being classified as a suspicious shooting and is under investigation by state police and the Snyder County District Attorney's office. A state police spokesman said no further information was available, but the coroner's statement called it a homicide investigation.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact state police at Selinsgrove at 570-374-8145.
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