Mum tells of 'unbearable pain' after finding only son, 11, dead in his bed when trying to wake him for school

A MUM has told of her "unbearable pain" after finding her only son dead in bed when trying to wake him for school.

Heartbroken Kimberley Shepherd said 11-year-old Liam "was the reason I woke up every day" following his death.

Liam mysteriously died in his sleep at home in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, on March 23.

Kimberley told SomersetLive: "He is the love of my life, my soul mate, there was just the two of us since he was born and I raised him alone, I have nothing else to look forward to and I do not know how I will face the big milestones without him.

"He had so many friends and family who love and care for him, he was so popular and this all seems so unfair to an 11-year-old boy.

"The response has been overwhelming and humbling however it does not bring him back.

"Life moves on for everyone but for me it never will go, the pain is unbearable to lose the closest thing to me.

"Liam just passed away in his sleep and the reason is still unknown, I found him like that after waking him up for school."

She praised her son as "the most caring, loving, sporty, kind" boy, and said he wanted to be a policeman.

'MOST CARING'

Last year he ran a marathon in a week to raise funds for the NSPCC, and bought food to donate to vulnerable people.

Weston-super-Mare Rugby Football Club are planning to name a stadium after him, and Liam's school, Ashcombe Primary, shared a link to a GoFundMe set up to help the family, which has raised more than £18,000.

They said it is "wonderful" to see how the community has come together and said Weston Rugby Club and Liam's football club are "putting gold ribbon bows on all their front doors for his friends to remember Liam".

After his death locals paid tribute to Liam, with Weston-super-Mare RFC posted a touching photo of the smiling boy in his kit.

They said: "It is with our deepest sorrow and huge shock that we need to announce the sudden and unexpected death of our club member Liam Shepherd (U11s) at home on Tuesday 23rd March.

"Our condolences and love go to Liam's mum Kim and his family, there are few words to express the deep anguish and sadness they are going through at this distressing time.

"Liam was a talented, kind, young soul who has been apart of Weston RFC since the age of four. He was much loved by his team mates and will be sorely missed."

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