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Family of motorcyclist who died in Ballycarry crash 'will miss him dearly'

By Aaron Tinney

The family of a young motorcyclist killed in a crash have been left "in bits", his brother has said.

Gary Welsh died in the accident in Ballycarry, Co Antrim, on Thursday night.

One of the last things the 25-year-old did before his death was use his Facebook page to pay his respects to the victims of the Manchester Arena suicide bomb massacre.

His brother Jonny paid tribute to Gary on Friday, saying he would be "missed dearly" and thanked him for the memories they made together.

Many of Gary's friends told of their grief on social media, calling him a "character", "top lad" and writing about their "utter heartbreak" for him and his family.

A passing police patrol encountered the scene of the collision that killed Gary around 9.50pm on Thursday in the Main Street area of Ballycarry, which is between Larne and Carrickfergus.

In a Facebook post, Gary's construction worker brother Jonny - who also loves motorcycles - wrote: "RIP little brother, you'll be missed dearly by us all. I love you to bits Gary. Till we meet again.

"We are in bits. It will not get any easier but the memories we made together, I'll never forget you, love you forever."

He added four broken-heart emojis to his message, which prompted hundreds of tributes from friends.

Gary's Facebook pictures show he loved quad biking and shooting.

Eight days before his fatal accident near Larne, he updated his profile picture to include a tribute to the Manchester Arena bomb victims.

It read: "Pray for Manchester. We are with you!"

Gary will be laid to rest on Tuesday, June 6.

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