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Funeral for hit-and-run victim Lesley-Ann McCarragher as teenage suspect remains in custody

By Allan Preston

The funeral of 19-year-old hit-and-run victim Lesley-Ann McCarragher is taking place in Armagh this afternoon.

The service begins at 1.30pm in First Presbyterian Church, Armagh, followed by interment in Aghavilly parish churchyard.

Lesley-Ann was jogging near her family home on the Monaghan Road when she was knocked down on Saturday.

The Reverend Tony Davidson, who knew the popular teenager from a young age, will conduct the service today.

"Nothing prepares you for this," he said. "The family are heartbroken at the loss of a girl of 19 who was looking forward to life. She was literally running into a new future."

"She was baptised in the church. I watched her growing up and she was a lovely girl in every sense. She was a regular at Sunday school and worship.

"She was a girl that any mother or father would be proud of. As a church, we were very proud of her too."

A 17-year-old boy remains in custody after being accused of causing the death of Ms McCarragher by dangerous driving while racing a white Saab at 90mph.

After he was arrested, police claimed the teenager showed "no remorse" and had fled the scene of the incident and attempted to hide the car.

An appeal has also been made for the driver of a black Volkswagen Golf seen racing the white Saab to come forward.

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