Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Tributes to tragic teen killed by train

Ryan Quinn
Ryan Quinn

This is tragic teenager, Ryan Quinn, who was killed after being struck by a train in Co Antrim.

The 14-year-old from Coleraine died after being hit by a train while trying to flee from a gang in Portrush last weekend.

A funeral service for him is due to take place at St John’s Church, Coleraine, at 10am tomorrow.

Ryan, a third-year student at St Joseph’s High School in Coleraine, had been celebrating a friend’s 18th birthday at a bar in the seaside resort earlier in the evening.

It is believed there was an altercation in the bar at about 9pm and Ryan is thought to have been making his way across a field to escape when he becamed trapped in a sleeper on the tracks.

He was unable to free himself and telephoned his father Ivan for help a short time before he was struck by the train at about 11pm. His distraught father arrived on the scene minutes after Ryan had been hit.

Yesterday, hundreds of heartbroken schoolchildren attended a memorial service for Ryan at St Joseph’s.

School principal Ronnie Kelly described Ryan as an “excellent young man”.

He said: “But it's possibly best coming from the words of the children themselves — they relate him as a very cheerful and happy young man.”

Meanwhile SDLP MLA for the area John Dallat described the death as a “horror story come true”.

He said: “Somehow or other it seems he got trapped on the railway line.

“I understand that it was then that he made a phonecall for help to his father on his mobile phone.

“Tragically, though, by the time help was got the train had already passed by and killed the young fellow.

“What happened to him is a horror story come true. It is a complete nightmare.”

Two men, aged 37 and 22, and a 15-year-old youth being questioned by police about the death were released on bail pending further inquiries on Sunday.

A fourth person, for whom police did not have an age, was also released on bail pending further inquiries.

Last night, police re-issued their appeals for witnesses to come forward.

They are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen an altercation in the bar at about 9pm.

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