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'My heart went with my beautiful son'

Mum’s sad tribute as second crash teenager is buried

By Cate McCurry

A grieving mother has said her "heart went with her beautiful son" when he was tragically killed in a car crash in Co Tyrone.

Killian Doherty (19), from Drumquin, died along with his close friend Maurice McCloughan, from Fintona, after the car they were travelling in crashed on the A5 near Omagh on Saturday morning.

More than a thousand mourners gathered at St Patrick's Church in Drumquin to say their final goodbyes to a "wonderful and special" GAA footballer.

In a floral message to her only son, Carmel Doherty and her partner Neil McSorley wrote: "To my poor wee beautiful Killian, my heart went with you on Saturday morning so hold on to it 'till I come to see you again and we will be together forever."

The teenager, who played for Drumquin Wolfe Tones, was remembered for how "happy and helpful" he was.

Mr McCloughan's father Finbarr and brothers also attended the funeral as well as members of Fintona GAA club.

Members of the GAA team and pupils from St John's College, Dromore, flanked the funeral cortege as it made the mile-long journey from his home to the church.

Fr Kevin Mullan told mourners that both communities had been knitted together in grief for the friends.

"In the church, they placed some memorabilia around his coffin including his working boots, football boots, his hair gel, aftershave and working jacket and his player of the year medal," he said.

"The chairman of the club, Tom Gormley, recalled what a wonderful and special person Killian was from the time he came to live here as a primary school pupil and how he immediately made friends that have lasted all his life and what a happy and helpful person he was."

He is survived by his mother, Carmel, father, Finbarr and sisters, Fatima and Charlene.

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