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Written by Northern Advocate, reprinted in The New Zealand Herald   
Thursday, 01 January 2009

Joshua Cocklin was the "baby" of his family, a much-loved 7-year-old known for his affection for animals.

Since his sudden death last weekend, his grief-stricken family have been struggling with the bewildering question: Why has it happened twice?

Joshua was killed when a four-wheel-drive vehicle in which he was a passenger rolled on the family farm near Whangaruru in Northland.

He had been born after a 2-year-old brother, Daniel, died in a car accident in December 1997.

The first death was two days before Christmas, the second three days after. As the boys' father, Paul Cocklin, told the Northern Advocate: "It's very tough."

Josh is lying in state at the home of his 91-year-old grandmother, Esme Cocklin, in Ngunguru.

A large number of family members - including Paul, his wife, Lucy, and their children, David, 25, Sam, 16, and Ashlee, 12 - and close friends are supporting her.

Relatives are expected to arrive from Australia, Canada and Spain for a funeral service at the Ngunguru Sports Complex at 11.30am on Saturday, which will be followed by a private cremation.

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