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Teenager killed in car crash 'always put needs of others first'

By John Mulgrew

A Co Down teenager who was killed just one day before starting a university degree “always put the needs of others before herself”.

Jordan Minnis (18) from Kilkeel was due to begin the first day of her mathematics degree at Queen’s University Belfast yesterday.

She was killed after an horrific smash on the Hilltown Road in Rathfriland on Sunday afternoon.

The former Kilkeel High School pupil was pictured in the Belfast Telegraph on Friday as part of our Freshers’ Week coverage. Samuel Chestnutt, Jordan’s religious studies and Scripture Union teacher described the 18-year-old as a “loyal and dedicated pupil”.

“As a student she was the sort of girl who always saw the bigger picture,” he said.

“She would have been one of the key leaders in the group and invested her time in helping the younger children. She was very well-liked and always willing to go that extra mile, and always the last to leave any sort of event.

“She was the sort of girl who could bring up her faith in a natural way and people didn’t think she was preachy.

“Staff would all have spoken very highly of her.” Kilkeel councillor Henry Reilly said the entire community was “absolutely devastated”.

“The community in general is devastated. The family would be very well-known and very well-respected.”

“Jordan only left school in Kilkeel in June, so the memory is still very fresh in the high school.”

It is understood a post-mortem has been carried out and the funeral will take place later this week.

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