Second tragic heartbreak revealed about jumping castle victim's family

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Jye Sheehan's beaming smile and love of soccer were remembered at a farewell for the 12-year-old victim of Tasmania's jumping castle tragedy.

Friends and family gathered on Friday in the northwest city of Devonport, where several more funerals will be held for the other children who died after the Hillcrest Primary School incident last week.

Jye's mother Katrina also spoke on behalf of his father, Glen, who is in intensive care in the Royal Hobart Hospital.

"I know if Glen was able to share his memories it would be full of stories of wild adventures," she said.

Jye Sheehan's mum Katrina is seen leaving the Devonport chapel where his funeral was held.
Jye Sheehan's mum Katrina leaves the chapel following the funeral of her son. Source: AAP

Glen was unable to attend his son's funeral after a separate accident, which happened recently, left him comatose, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. 

He was reportedly told by doctors after waking that his injuries would leave him a paraplegic.

Katrina had to break the news to her husband that their son had died in another tragic accident.

Hillcrest Primary School teachers pay tribute to 'cheeky' Jye

Jye idolised Argentina's soccer superstar Lionel Messi and would ensure he ate his fruit and vegetables to keep in top health.

His dog was described as his best friend.

Several messages from Jye's teachers were shared, remembering his beautiful, beaming smile.

"He had an answer for everything, and it was usually a cheeky one," one read.

Friend Beau said Jye was his gaming wingman and the pair often teamed up for wins.

"I'd go out to the shops with mum, but you were always waiting for me when I came back. You were always there for me," his message said.

Mourners leave the funeral for Jye Sheehan at Devonport's Mersey Gardens Chapel and Crematorium.
Mourners hugging after the funeral for Jye at the Mersey Gardens Chapel and Crematorium. Source: AAP

Three jumping castle victims' funerals yet to take place

Funerals for 12-year-old Peter Dodt, 12-year-old Jalailah Jones and 11-year-old Addison Stewart will be held in Devonport after Christmas.

A funeral for Zane Mellor was held on Friday

Two boys who were badly injured are no longer in intensive care and have improved from a critical condition to stable.

An uncle of one of the boys, David Best, said his nephew, Declean, "put up one hell of a fight and is now awake and has a long road ahead".

"Well done little dude... so proud of you. Stay strong and see you soon," he posted on social media.

Jye Sheehan, 12, was one of six children who died in Tasmania's jumping castle tragedy.
Jye, 12, is one of the six children tragically killed in a jumping castle accident. Source: AAP

Police and WorkSafe Tasmania continue to investigate the circumstances around the incident and will provide reports to the coroner.

About 40 children were taking part in end-of-year celebrations when the jumping castle and several inflatable zorb balls were lifted about 10 metres in the air.

Tasmania's education department has banned jumping castles and inflatable equipment from being used at schools.

With AAP

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