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

By Allan Preston

Published 13/04/2016

Funeral for hit-and-run victim Lesley-Ann McCarragher at First Presbyterian Church, Armagh. The 19-year-old was jogging near her family home on the Monaghan Road, outside the town, when she was knocked down on Saturday. A 17-year-old male as since been and remains in custody. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Funeral for hit-and-run victim Lesley-Ann McCarragher at First Presbyterian Church, Armagh. The 19-year-old was jogging near her family home on the Monaghan Road, outside the town, when she was knocked down on Saturday. A 17-year-old male as since been and remains in custody. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Funeral for hit-and-run victim Lesley-Ann McCarragher at First Presbyterian Church, Armagh. The 19-year-old was jogging near her family home on the Monaghan Road, outside the town, when she was knocked down on Saturday. A 17-year-old male as since been and remains in custody. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Funeral for hit-and-run victim Lesley-Ann McCarragher at First Presbyterian Church, Armagh. The 19-year-old was jogging near her family home on the Monaghan Road, outside the town, when she was knocked down on Saturday. A 17-year-old male as since been and remains in custody. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

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.

Lesley-Ann McCarragher (19) from Armagh died in the early hours of Sunday morning following an hit and run incident on the Monaghan Road in Armagh on Saturday afternoon.
Lesley-Ann McCarragher (19) from Armagh died in the early hours of Sunday morning following an hit and run incident on the Monaghan Road in Armagh on Saturday afternoon.
Tragic student Lesley-Ann McCarragher was knocked down while out jogging on Saturday
Lesley-Ann McCarragher
BT NEWS - Image captured from the Facebook page of Lesley-Ann McCarragher 19 from Armagh who died in a tragic hit and run incident on Saturday around 12.30pm 9 April 2016
Floral tributes left on the Monaghan Road near Armagh where Lesley-Ann McCarragher was killed
The tyre tracks at the scene of the fatal crash

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