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On Wednesday, NFL star Adrian Peterson attended the funeral of the 2-year-old son who he only met the day before he died.

Tyrese Robert Doohen was buried less than a week after Joseph Patterson, his mother’s boyfriend, beat him so severely he was put on life support. Patterson, 27, was charged with aggravated battery and aggravated assault, but those charges are likely to be increased because the toddler was taken off of life-support last Friday.

Peterson said he is “standing strong” in the wake of this tragedy.

“It was a difficult day, just taking in the circumstance and the whole situation,” Peterson said of Wednesday’s funeral in Sioux Falls. “A child was buried. That’s difficult for anyone.”

Peterson also mentioned the plans he had to develop a relationship with the son he just found out about.

“I was planning on seeing him and I had talked with his mom and had gotten some things together as far as financially helping her. Unfortunately, this situation took place and it’s devastating.”

Yesterday, CNN host Don Lemon wrote an article bashing the Minnesota Viking for being absent in his child’s life, despite having just realized he had a child with the South Dakota woman.

“A lot of people won’t ever understand the situation that I’m in and see it the way I’m seeing the situation,” Peterson said.

“It’s tough, but I’m able to deal with that. I got a good supporting cast around me. I’m standing strong, I am.”

We send our condolences to Peterson and the family of Tyrese Doohen. May he rest in peace.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Facebook