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Tragic student Kellyanne Teggart 'always had a big smile on her face'

By Chris Kilpatrick

A teenage student found dead in a Londonderry flat would have been a wonderful nurse and will be remembered for her kindness and sense of fun, her former school principal has said.

Police said yesterday that following a post-mortem examination, Kellyanne Teggart's death was not being seen as suspicious.

A 21-year-old man arrested on Thursday over the incident has been released unconditionally.

Paramedics discovered the 19-year-old student at a flat in the Creggan estate in Derry in the early hours of Thursday. She was declared dead in hospital a short time later.

The tragedy came just days after the young woman moved to the city from her family home in Portaferry, Co Down.

Kellyanne had previously been a pupil at St Patrick's Grammar School in Downpatrick.

Staff and pupils were struggling to come to terms with news of her death yesterday.

Principal Sean Sloan said she was remembered from her time at the school for always having a smile on her face.

He described her as being "full of fun" and "kind and caring".

"She managed to brighten up any room she was in," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"Kellyanne worked very hard at school and at home and always gave her best.

"She was determined to study nursing and she certainly possessed all the qualities to be a wonderful nurse.

"On behalf of the whole St Patrick's community, I offer my heartfelt sympathies to Kellyanne's mother, father, sister and family."

The teenager's friends and family took to social media throughout yesterday to express their shock over the sudden death.

A cousin of her's posted that "an angel has gained her wings long before her time".

She added: "Smart, absolutely beautiful cousin. She will be sadly missed but fondly remembered."

Among scores of tributes from friends was one that read: "She was such a beautiful girl and a bubbly character, that's for sure. Nursing would have gained a great wee nurse."

Kellyanne had been at a nightclub in Derry with friends on the evening prior to her death. She left in a taxi at around 1am.

An ambulance crew was called to the flat just before 2.30am and the found her at the foot of a flight of stairs.

She was later pronounced dead at Altnagelvin Hospital.

Miss Teggart's mother Karen had earlier posted a message on Facebook about the new chapter in her daughter's life.

"Just home from Derry. Left my first-born there to go to university," she wrote.

"Will miss her but not the tidying-up after her. Enjoy the student life but don't forget to learn as well."

Kellyanne herself had responded to messages wishing her all the best after the move.

She wrote: "Thanks guys, I intend to enjoy myself!"

A spokeswoman for the University of Ulster said staff were "devastated" and expressed their sympathies to the Teggart family.

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