The funeral of Alfie Evans in pictures

Thousands line streets to pay tribute to Alfie Evans

Evans died on April 28 after doctors at Alder Hey Children's Hospital withdrew life support, following a long legal battle and a campaign by the parents that drew support from Pope Francis. His coffin was white with an Everton crest and toy soldiers on the side.

Alfie's Everton-supporting dad, Tom Evans, sat in the auto in front of the tiny coffin carrying his son from a private funeral to his final resting place.

Tearful mourners applauded as a hearse carrying 23-month-old toddler passed his father's favourite football club.

Flowers, pictures and messages left outside Everton's Goodison Park as the cortege of Alfie Evans goes past the ground in Liverpool.

Members of the public watch the funeral cortege of Alfie Evans go past Everton's Goodison Park ground in Liverpool.

Evans was born on May 9, 2016, and was first taken to hospital in December of that year after suffering seizures.

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Tributes were left outside the stadium at the bottom of a statue of famous Evertonian Dixie Dean.

One card read: 'Alfie.

In February, a High Court judge ruled that doctors could stop providing life support for Alfie, against his parents' wishes, saying the child required "peace, quiet and privacy".

A key argument presented by Evans, 21, and James, 20, "was that they should decide what is best for their son", adds the broadcaster.

Alfie's parents lost a series of legal challenges against that ruling, including at the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.

A vigil was held last Wednesday on what would have been the toddler's second birthday. Alfie's parents had also wanted to fly their son to Italy for further treatment.

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