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Hero NI nun remembered year on from quake death

By Staff Reporter

A Londonderry nun who died in an earthquake in South America was remembered in a memorial Mass yesterday, a year on from her death.

Sister Clare Theresa Crockett (33) died on April 18, 2016 when a school collapsed in Playa Prieta in Ecuador.

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed at least 480 people and left more than 4,000 injured and 231 missing.

Shauna Gill thanked those for remembering her sister and supporting her family.

"Over the past year we have had a lot of support from people," Ms Gill told the BBC. "Clare was always happy and loved life. To think that a year on people are still writing about her is unbelievable."

Sr Claire was in the Home of the Mother Order. She died when a stairwell collapsed in a school. The missionary of 15 years was teaching young children to play the guitar when the disaster occurred. She was trying to lead them to safety when the four-storey building they were in collapsed on top of them. Her body was found under rubble by rescue teams.

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