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Schoolmates pay tribute to Natalie

By Michael McHugh

Published 25/02/2006

A school friend of teenage roads victim Natalie Greig (15) has spoken of his sadness at her death.

A school friend of teenage roads victim Natalie Greig (15) has spoken of his sadness at her death.

Matthew Kelly (15) said he was shocked by the news that the Methodist College pupil had been knocked down a mile from her home.

She was walking home along the Glenavy Road at 7.45pm on Thursday when she was hit by a van and killed.

Matthew, from Gawleys Gate near Lurgan, has known the victim since childhood and said he was badly shaken.

"She liked going out with her mates and I couldn't believe it when I heard what had happened," he said.

"She was just very good craic. I knew her cousin who went to school with me and that is how we met. She was very sound and intelligent."

A special assembly took place at Methodist College yesterday morning and school principal Cecilia Galloway has paid glowing tribute to the talented young student.

She played hockey for the school and had recently been on a school ski trip. She had been boarding there until Christmas and then became a day pupil.

Natalie is survived by her parents Dolores and Donald, sister Daneka and brother Keelan.

Sinn Fein Lagan Valley Assemblyman Paul Butler has also expressed his condolences to Natalie's family.

"The road on which the girl had been walking home is extremely dangerous, has poor visibility and does not have footpaths. This tragedy will no doubt come as a great shock to the people of both villages.

"I want to express my sympathy with the family at this difficult time."

A total of 13 people have been killed on Northern Ireland's roads so far this year.

Belfast Telegraph

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