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Tributes paid to young barrister who died on Spanish holiday

Published 13/09/2016

Barrister and Shona Killen died suddenly on holiday in Spain (The Bar of Northern Ireland/PA)
Barrister and Shona Killen died suddenly on holiday in Spain (The Bar of Northern Ireland/PA)
Shona Killen died whilst on holiday in Spain
Shona Killen died whilst on holiday in Spain
Shona Killen died whilst on holiday in Spain
Shona Killen died whilst on holiday in Spain

Tributes have been paid to a young barrister and aspiring actress who died suddenly on holiday in Spain.

Shona Killen, 27, from Belfast, has been described as a highly respected lawyer who was endeared to all who knew her.

The Queen's University graduate, who was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2011, died at the weekend.

Specialising in criminal law, civil disputes, family law and mental health law, away from court she was well known for charitable fundraising efforts, supporting causing such as Alzheimer's research. She described herself online as "an aspiring actress and singer".

Chairman of the Bar of Northern Ireland Liam McCollum QC said: "It is with shock and great sadness that the Bar of Northern Ireland has learned of the sudden passing of our esteemed member, Shona Killen, this weekend while on holiday in Spain.

"Called to the Bar in 2011, Shona was a well-known and highly respected young barrister, endeared to all who knew her and renowned for her fundraising efforts.

"On behalf of the Bar, I would like to express our deepest condolences to her friends and family, assuring them of our thoughts and prayers and the provision of any and all support we can offer during this most difficult time."

Ms Killen's family have requested privacy.

Shona Killen died whilst on holiday in Spain
Shona Killen died whilst on holiday in Spain
Shona Killen died whilst on holiday in Spain
Shona Killen died whilst on holiday in Spain
Shona Killen died whilst on holiday in Spain

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