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Canada Funeral held for Milton, Ont., boy who died in hot car

Diego and Camila Ruiz, 8 and 6, bring flowers to the Milton, Ont., home where a two-year-old boy died of heat stroke on Wednesday after spending considerable time in a very hot car.

Matthew Sherwood/The Globe and Mail

Family, friends and members of the public have gathered at a church west of Toronto for the funeral of a toddler who died last week after being left alone in a sweltering car.

The priest leading the traditional Catholic mass for Maximus Huyskens says the two-year-old's death was tragic and senseless.

He called on those in the church to do their best to support the toddler's parents and older siblings.

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Some mourners teared up during the service, while others listened quietly to the prayers and hymns. A small white casket lay before the altar.

Police have said Max died after "being exposed to high-level temperatures for an extended period of time" in a sedan outside a Milton, Ont., home.

Investigators say the child was in the care of his maternal grandmother, who is in her 50s, while his father was at work and his mother was at an appointment

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