Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Crash victim's parents 'devastated'

Mervyn and Dorothy Reynolds said the warmth of the tributes paid to their daughter Philippa since her death has given them strength

The parents of a policewoman killed when her patrol car was hit by a stolen 4x4 have said their hearts have been broken by the loss of their "wee girl".

Mervyn and Dorothy Reynolds said the warmth of the tributes paid to their daughter Philippa since her death in Londonderry at the weekend has given them strength and also filled them with pride.

Constable Reynolds, 27, was a back seat passenger in the unmarked police car that was struck by the Jeep in the early hours of Saturday morning. Two men have been charged in connection with her death.

Her parents were on holiday in America when they found out about the fatal crash.

Back at the family home in Crumlin on the outskirts of Belfast with their other daughters Debra and Nicola, and with Con Reynolds's body having been returned to them, the couple spoke of their devastation.

"We may appear strong today, but believe it we are not and our hearts are breaking," said Mrs Reynolds.

"But we have Philippa here at home with us for the minute, but she will be buried and she'll be gone.

"Like many other people who have lost loved ones they will know how we feel - we are devastated, we are devastated. We can't believe it, really we still haven't taken it in, we just really cannot believe it."

Mrs Reynolds said the reaction of her daughter's police colleagues had overwhelmed them.

"That's possibly the biggest thing that I can't take on board in all that has happened - how much they love her," she said.

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