A dad desperately tried to save his only son after he was crushed by a garage door during what he thinks was a game of hide and seek.
Nine-year-old Abdul Razack Tarawaley and another boy were found horribly trapped at the top of the gate by his father.
Emergency services rushed to the home in Australia, but Abdul tragically died at the scene.
The other young boy, who has not been named, was rushed to hospital in serious condition.
Abdul’s father, who bears his name, has now paid tribute to his “sweet” boy – who was his only child.
He said he found his son and the other boy, whose age has not yet been confirmed, when he went to see them around 7.30pm local time on Saturday in Melbourne.
The father said he believed his son was playing hide and seek with friends at the time.
He told the Herald Sun: “I tried to lower the door but I can’t because it’s too big, too heavy.
“I touched his head, I touched his fingers, everything is cold.”
The father said Abdul, who was due to celebrate his 10th birthday in just two weeks, dreamed of being a doctor, enjoyed playing football and spending time with his friends.
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Tributes poured in on Abdul’s father’s Facebook page on Sunday, with more than 200 people sending their condolences within hours.
One shared his love for ‘Junior’, thanking the boy for ‘so many memories’.
They wrote: “My heart aches with such sudden news. Finding this so hard to believe. You will forever be in my heart my Ju.”
Another wrote: “It is very painful. I’m just in shock, pain and grief.
Abdul’s uncle told reporters the family were furious that there appeared to be no safety mechanism on the garage door that could have prevented the boy’s death.
He said: ‘The door had only one button to go up and down and the place where the button is placed is accessible to children.
“There are no proper security measures.”
An investigation is underway into the circumstances of the tragic accident.
Police do not consider the incident suspicious.