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Probe into mystery death of teenager

By Chris Thornton

POLICE are investigating the circumstances surrounding the sudden death

Published 26/02/1997

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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