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Family of tragic Lesley-Ann given video montage by pals

By Cate McCurry

Published 16/04/2016

Tragic: Lesley-Ann McCarragher
Tragic: Lesley-Ann McCarragher

Classmates of Lesley-Ann McCarragher, killed in an alleged hit-and-run last weekend, have created an emotional video montage to pay their respects to the popular teenager.

Lesley-Ann was airlifted to hospital after she was fatally injured while jogging close to her family home on the Monaghan Road near Milford a week ago today.

The 19-year-old died from her injuries in the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Lesley-Ann was studying at Loughry College to become an environmental health inspector.

Her college friends created an emotional video montage in tribute to the young woman using music of one her favourite bands, Snow Patrol.

It is filled with pictures and precious memories of their friendship with the teen.

One friend said: "This is a wee scrapbook us Loughry ladies made of Lesley-Ann's short but happy times at Loughry which we gave to her family so they can cherish these memories like we will forever."

The tribute starts with the heartbreaking words: "We didn't realise we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun".

At the end it says: "Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard but always near.

"Still loved, still missed and very dear."

The four-minute video shows Lesley-Ann with her many friends at various events, including nights out and a school formal.

Her younger sister Amy also posted a picture of the pair on her Facebook page the day after her funeral, writing: "Rest in peace my beautiful sister."

Her older sister, Judith, also thanked the public for their support.

She posted: "Following the tragic death of our beautiful Lesley-Ann McCarragher we, as a family, have been greatly moved and comforted by the overwhelming support we have received from across the entire country.

"With this in mind we would like to invite people to donate to the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland charity, our first helicopter emergency medical service. Public support is vital to ensure its sustainability.

"We are in no doubt this will save many lives in the future.

"Thank you for your support. McCarragher family, Armagh."

More than 1,500 people gathered on Wednesday to pay their respects at her funeral where she was described as a "beautiful princess".

Cars, buses and passers-by all stood still in respect for the cortege.

In his address Rev Tony Davidson said that Lesley-Ann grew up as a unique person and catalogued her many achievements in sport and academics as well as becoming head girl at City of Armagh High School.

Rev Davidson said: "She had all the characteristics to which any pupil would aspire."

He also read out poignant lyrics from Snow Patrol's song 'This Isn't Everything You Are' at the young woman's funeral.

A pink designer Michael Kors handbag that Lesley-Ann had asked family to bring home from New York was placed beside the teenager's coffin so that friends could post their final farewells to their friend.

It now sits in the family's Armagh home as a tribute to the teenager's enormous popularity.

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