21/03/2019

Bereaved Families Pay Tribute To Tragic Cookstown Teens

Families of the tree tragic teens who died in a crush at a St Patricks event on Sunday have paid tribute to their lost loved ones.

The young victims, 16-year-old Connor Currie, 17-year-old Lauren Bullock and 17-year-old Morgan Barnard, died after the incident at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown on Sunday 17 March.

Their funerals will take place tomorrow, Friday 22.

A Major PSNI investigation is ongoing.
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The three families extended their heartfelt thanks to the local community for their support since the tragic events. In a message communicated through the PSNI, they said they are grateful to all of those who have come forward to speak to PSNI so far and would appeal to anyone else who witnessed the terrible event to come forward and give their account to police. The bereaved parents want to find out exactly what happened to their children and have asked people to cooperate fully with the police investigation. 

The families have also thanked the emergency services who responded at the scene and the staff at Antrim Area Hospital. 

"Morgan's family will remember him as loving the simple things in life," the statement read. The 17-year-old was from the Dungannon area.

"He volunteered for a number of things including working at the local Cancer Research Shop," his family continued. "He always had a smile for everyone and brightened up the classroom with his humour."

Meanwhile, the family of Lauren Bullock, from the Donaghmore area, said they will remember her as a "very thoughtful and caring young girl who was outgoing and fun loving".

The family of Conor Currie, who was also from the Dungannon area, have thanked staff at the Antrim Area Hospital, as well as "paramedics, ambulance staff, PSNI and members of public who came to Connor's assistance in any way."



(JG/CM)

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