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Pic of the week: Moving tributes during week of tragedy

By Kerry McKittrick

Published 16/04/2016

Lesley-Ann McCarragher's funeral
Lesley-Ann McCarragher's funeral

Family and friends gather to pay tribute to Lesley-Ann McCarragher at her funeral at First Presbyterian Church in Armagh on Wednesday.

Lesley-Ann (19) was running near her home, at Monaghan Road outside Armagh, when she was knocked down by a car in an alleged hit-and-run incident.

She was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital, but tragically died of her injuries in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A 17-year-old male has appeared in court charged in connection with the incident.

The local community has been shocked by the tragic death of such a popular and bubbly individual.

Tributes have flooded in from across Armagh and Lesley-Ann's friends have created a poignant video tribute to their pal.

Shortly before her death, Lesley-Ann had asked her family to bring back a designer handbag from their trip to America.

Instead of being worn proudly with the perfect outfit, the baby pink Sophie Hulme tote bag was placed beside her coffin, so friends and family could leave photos and handwritten tributes in her memory.

At the service, the McCarragher family thanked the emergency services who fought valiantly to save their daughter's life.

They also called for donations to the air ambulance appeal, so that others might be saved as Lesley-Ann, tragically, could not.

Lesley-Ann had been studying environmental health at Loughry College and had previously attended Armagh City High School. During her time there, she had become head girl, as well as completing her bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

It has been a particularly sad week for Armagh City High - as their former head girl was being laid to rest, another pupil, John Irwin, lost his fight for life.

The 16-year-old collapsed suddenly at the school on Tuesday afternoon. He was rushed to Craigavon Hospital, where medical staff struggled in vain to save him. He died surrounded by his family in the hospital's intensive care unit.

The cause of John's death is not yet known and will be determined by a post-mortem examination, but police are not treating it as suspicious.

He had celebrated turning 16 just three days earlier.

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