Father and son killed in Limerick crash to be buried together

‘One Mass and one coffin’ for funeral of Marco Velocci (28) and son Alex (3) on Saturday

Marco Velocci (28) and his  son Alex (3) will be buried together.

Marco Velocci (28) and his son Alex (3) will be buried together.

 

The father and son who lost their lives in a suspected murder suicide car crash are to be buried together in the same coffin.

Marco Velocci (28) and his three-year-old son Alex were killed after a black Audi being driven by Mr Velocci was involved in a head-on collision with an articulated lorry on the N24 Limerick to Tipperary road just 2km from the village of Oola.

The boy’s mother Jodie Power (26) suffered a broken arm and also number of stab injuries during an argument at her home with her former partner shortly before the fatal collision. Mr Velocci drove away with his son after the altercation.

“There will be one Mass and one coffin,” Fr John Morris, parish priest of Oola who will celebrate the funeral Mass at 10.30am on Sunday in Oola church said on Friday.

The removal will take place at Whelan’s Undertakers in Tipperary town on Saturday evening with removal to Oola Church.

Ms Power who underwent surgery to her arm at University Hospital Limerick this week was due to be released from hospital on Friday ahead of the funeral for her son and former partner.

Gardai were hoping to formally interview the mother.

A number of witnesses including the truck driver and a motorcyclist who almost became caught up in the fatal collision have also been interviewed as part of the investigation.

It is understood a number of people have given statements indicating that Mr Velocci drove out in front of the oncoming truck.

The truck driver was not injured in the collision but is said to be extremely traumatised after the ordeal.

The couple were childhood sweethearts, but had separated two years ago. Mr Velocci shared custody of their son who lived with his mum in a rented bungalow in the Co Limerick village of Oola and three year old Alex was seen in their company.

Both sets of grandparents also live in the village of Oola.