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Thousands of teddy bears are laying tribute outside homes and businesses across Murray Bridge for local six-week-old baby who died from SIDS.

A public Facebook page was setup “Remembrance for Riley“, by the Murraylands Community Angels group and now has more than 820 members, most are posting photos of their bears.

Riley’s grief-stricken mother, Allanah Morris, 21, told The Advertiser her son was the “best little man, perfect in every way and sadly he’s asleep now … there is a hole in our hearts that will never be filled.”

She thanked the local community for their kindness: “Thank you all for all your support through this hard time. I’m sending you all love.”

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“Mummy, daddy and (Riley’s two-year-old sister) Ruby will love you forever and always and will never forget your amazing smile and the happiness you have brought to the whole family. Until we meet again my beautiful angel I love you.”

Murraylands Community Angels spokeswoman Karlee Burton, 23, said Riley was a lovely, smiling boy who had been adored by his devastated family, who in turn was overwhelmed by the support shown by the locals in getting behind the campaign.

“Everyone in Murray Bridge is shocked and saddened,” she said.

“But to see so many people put out their teddy bears in his honour has been incredible.”

Photos of bears are now being posted from around Australia.

Fundraising manager at SIDS and Kids SA, Jaylee Cooper, said the little boy’s death was a tragic reminder that despite research helping to cut the toll, children still died of SIDS.

“SIDS deaths do still happen,” she said.

She added that the ‘Put Your Bears Out’ campaign was a wonderful way for individuals to support Riley’s family.

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“You cannot underestimate the support you can give to a grieving family at a time like this,” Mrs Cooper said.

“This is a small gesture that one person can do, but it is a huge gesture for the family and a wonderful tribute for Riley.”

Our deepest condolences to the family. Support #Putoutyourbear for Riley.

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  • This is just so sad and heartbreaking.

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  • Another tragedy where a beautiful baby suddenly lost his life to SIDS. This illness has been being researched for many years and continues.
    Besides the community support I hope his family, also other relatives are offered grief and other counselling.

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  • What a sad story. My heart goes out to the family. Hopefully they can find some peace.

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  • So, so sad for this family and all families who lose babies to SIDS.

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  • Heartbreaking x

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  • How terribly sad.

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  • What a tragic loss. Everytime I hear or read this story I’m filled with sadness for beautiful Riley’s family. Good in his parents for raising awareness.

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  • Incredibly hard to deal with, my heart goes out to them

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  • yes very hard to hear this story. what a lovely way to raise awareness and give tribute to their son though. my cousin passed at 6 months from sids.

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  • condolences to Riley’s family. What a beautiful way to show respect and support to the family – I love when people who might not be able to afford donations for research etc can still show their support with a simple gesture – just beautiful

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  • Such a sad story, but uplifting is the sense of community. And a reminder that SIDS does still occur and needs funding for research. Whilst awareness has improved dramatically, it does still happen. Thoughts are with Riley’s family. My love goes out to them.

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  • That poor poor family. My heart breaks for them

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  • SIDS is such an insidious problem – nearly lost my second child who just stopped breathing.
    If it weren’t for a friend who was visiting me at the time, and said “Just pick her up as you come out to say goodbye”, I would not have realised and she would have died.
    I do feel for this family and it is lovely that the community is rallying around.

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  • don’t know what i’d do if this happened to me with my children i send my support and condolences to the morris family

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  • My heartfelt love and sincere sympathy go to this beautiful family.

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