The most tragic of deaths on the journey of a lifetime
Darren Rodgers wasn't even born the last time Northern Ireland's footballers reached the finals of a major soccer tournament, but he was determined to follow his heroes on their marvellous French odyssey.
How terrible that his trip of an all-too-short lifetime should have ended in his tragic death in one of the most beautiful parts of France.
Our sympathy goes out to his family as they come to terms with their loss. As they grieve, they may find comfort in the way the footballing community came together to offer sympathy, and they may appreciate the gesture Republic of Ireland fans made with a demonstration of support yesterday.