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Tragic teen's parents in plea to find treasured jacket

By Joanne Sweeney

Published 02/10/2015

Eoin Farrell
Eoin Farrell

The parents of a 17-year-old boy who died with one of his best friends in a horrific car crash have appealed for help to find a treasured jacket he loved.

Eoin Farrell from Rostrevor, Co Down, owned a black bomber-style jacket which was customised with 'King of the Road' written on the back and his full name on the front.

Now, two weeks after his funeral, his grieving family have asked the south Down community to check if their son may have left it in various homes or venues he visited before he died.

The teen tragically lost his life when he was travelling with his friends James Miskelly and Che Kane along the road in Co Down just over two weeks ago.

Both were also aged 17. James died alongside Eoin, while Che survived the crash and was treated at Craigavon Area Hospital for this injuries.

The car the young men were travelling in careered off the road, hitting a wall before it came to rest in a field.

However, the impact of the collision caused the domestic oil tank of an elderly woman to ignite in a blaze which left her badly shocked.

For Eoin's parents, Gerard and Leon, the jacket is a last reminder of their son and they are desperate to get it back as it means so much to them.

Eoin's uncle Tony Williamson has helped raised awareness of the missing jacket, which was black and had the logo of the Scania truck company printed on it.

Last night he told the Belfast Telegraph: "We are appealing on behalf of his parents and sister to ask people in the community to take a second look in their homes or the places that Eoin loved to visit.

"His parents only noticed that the jacket was not at home after his funeral and would dearly love to have it back.

"Naturally, it's very important to him as it was specially made for him and he had insisted that his full name was on the front of it.

"Eoin was an easy-going youngster and was full of life. He was always on the road and out and about with his friends and working on cars. He could have left it behind somewhere.

"We can easily imagine that it might have got misled or caught up with some other youngster's things, so we would ask that a second look is taken to see if it can be located.

"Perhaps someone has it and has held on to it for some reason, but we would really appreciate it back for his parents, who are still trying to come to terms with their loss.

"If anyone finds it and wants to return it, they can leave it at Eoin's house or my Nisa shop in Rostrevor."

Eoin worked as a trainee mechanic and was attending Southern Regional College for his training and loved wearing casual clothes, and particularly those showing major vehicle brands.

Friends and family wore checked shirts, jeans, flat caps, and brown boots and shoes at his funeral to symbolise his favourite clothes.

His three sisters, Sarah-Louise, Laura and Annie, also wore jeans and tractor company New Holland black jackets.

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