Belfast Telegraph

Probe into mystery death of teenager

By Chris Thornton

POLICE are investigating the circumstances surrounding the sudden death

of an Antrim teenager early today.

of an Antrim teenager early today.

The dead youth was named locally as Gerard Tierney (16), who lived on the town's Stiles estate.

A number of people were today being questioned about an incident outside a house on the Moylena Road shortly after midnight.

According to police sources, detectives are following a definite line of inquiry.

It is understood Mr Tierney may have sustained knife wounds.

Claire Pettigrew, his girl friend of five months, said: 'It's an awful shock.

'His parents, Brian and Brigid, are in a terrible state. The news was broken to them at 4.30am'.

The dead youth _ one of a family of five _ was a former pupil of St Olcan's High School in Randalstown.

The scene of the incident was sealed off as detectives carried out house-to-house inquiries.

Local residents said there had been considerable activity in the area overnight, but exact details of what happened were not immediately clear.

Moylena Road is located in a mainly residential part of the Townparks district of Antrim.

Local MP Clifford Forsythe said: 'Any death _ whatever the circumstances _ is a tragedy.

'I am quite sure that the sympathy of the whole community will go out to all concerned.

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