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Tragedy as woman takes own life, just weeks after sister died the same way

By Staff Reporter

A young woman has tragically died by suicide just weeks after her sister passed away in the same way.

The Enniskillen community has been plunged into mourning for the second time following the death of the sisters.

Shauna Reilly (23) passed away suddenly in December and her older sister Michelle tragically died on Friday.

They leave behind another sister Emma, mother Jacqueline and father Michael.

Michelle was also engaged to be married to fiancé Simon.

Parish priest at St Michael's, Enniskillen, Monsignor Peter O'Reilly said the community feels a deep sense of loss following the untimely deaths.

He said: "St Michael's Parish community feels a deep sense of loss along with the family and friends of the late Michelle Reilly, coming so soon after the death of her younger sister, Shauna.

"At this painful time, we are keeping the Reilly family connection in prayer."

Hundreds of tributes have been paid online to the family many calling them "beautiful angels". One heartbreaking post said: "My heart has broken all over again for the Reilly family. Michelle Reilly you will be missed by all that knew you and I'm glad I had the chance to know what a wonderful person you were.

"You and Shauna are together again now but many tragically broken hearts are left behind".

Friend Lisa McCabe paid a heartfelt tribute to the sisters.

She told the Belfast Telegraph: "Michelle was a very beautiful, intelligent high achieving person. She lit up a room when she entered it. She loved her little sister so much she simply couldn't live without her."

Lisa, who runs the Nor Lisa fashion brand and was friends with the sisters while growing up, was especially close to Shauna.

She said the community was "in complete shock" that this could happen to two such beautiful young sisters in such a short period of time.

"The Reilly family are the most friendly and genuine people you could ever meet and it's just not fair that something like this should happen to them. Mental health can affect anyone. We need to lift the taboo and provide help for those who need it the most during their darkest days. Suicide is not a sign of weakness or selfishness. It's an illness just like any other.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family and I hope they find the strength to support and help each other in this difficult time."

Following Shauna's death in December, sister Emma paid an emotional tribute to her on Facebook.

She said: "We want you all to remember the bright beautiful girl she was with the crazy hair and bright lipstick".

Emma said their lives would "never be the same".

"We have found great comfort in the messages, texts & phonecalls knowing how popular & loved she was.

"Shauna was the most amazing, kind, thoughtful & beautiful person. She will be sorely missed.

"Our lives will never be the same."

A neighbour at the time said all the Christmas lights were turned off in the cul de sac as they mourned the death.

Michelle's funeral will take place on Monday in St Michael's church, Enniskillen.

If you or someone you know is in distress or despair, call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000.

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