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Grieving Johnathan's sons can be his pillars of strength

Editor's Viewpoint

The death of Jolene O'Hagan was tragic in so many ways. The Cookstown woman was a mother of two young children; she was pregnant again, and she was only 23 years old. Today our thoughts are with her devastated partner Johnathan Smyth. As he tells us, he can cope somehow during the day, but at night the full impact of the tragedy hits home, reducing him to tears.

It is an entirely understandable reaction. A few days ago he had so much to look forward to - but now his partner and their unborn child are dead, and he must bring up their two sons without her.

They now are his hope for the future.

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