And yesterday, the city said goodbye to Sheldon Farnell, who died in hospital in November. Hundreds of mourners shared their grief in a beautiful service at St Michael and All Angels' Church, Houghton. Rest in peace, Sheldon.
Hundreds of people turned out to pay tribute to Sheldon.
Motorbikes, lorries, tractors and cars lined the streets to give Sheldon the send-off he deserved.
Sheldon's family and friends wore personalised T-shirts to say goodbye.
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Hundreds of people attended Sheldon's funeral.
Some of the beautiful tributes at the funeral.
Characters from Sheldon's favourite programme decorated the coffin.
Sheldon filled everyone's hearts with love and joy.
If you were sad, Sheldon would ask why because sadness was never a part of his life.
A funny, cheeky four-year-old who was always happy and loving.
The community was left devastated by Sheldon's death.
The ceremony was led by Reverend Margaret Lee.
Sheldon brought joy and happiness to so many lives.
The special little boy will never be forgotten.
Sheldon passed away in November, just 24 hours after he was sent home from Sunderland Royal Hospital.
"Where do i start with Sheldon - he was perfect in every little way."
The community pledged hundreds to help with Sheldon's funeral.
Sheldon's mum Katrina and her family say they are fighting for justice for their boy.
Bike riders and wagon drivers fell silent in tribute to Sheldon.
Family and friends entered the church to Baby Shark.