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Crash victim Freddy McKendry to be laid to rest tomorrow

Accident: Francis McKendry
Accident: Francis McKendry
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

The funeral of a young Co Antrim man killed in a weekend car crash will take place tomorrow.

Francis (Freddy) McKendry, from Omerbane in Cloughmills, was involved in a collision on the Altnahinch Road in Loughgiel shortly before 11pm on Sunday.

Mr McKendry, a past pupil of St Patrick's College in Ballymena, was the driver of an Audi car and police have confirmed there were no other vehicles involved.

Hundreds of messages of support have poured in from close friends who offered their condolences to Freddy's parents, Amanda and Frankie; brothers Stephen, Cathir, Emmett and Padraig; twin sister Caitriona; grandparents Paddy and Ann McKendry and Sean and Bernie McNeill and the wider family circle.

Sinn Fein councillor for Causeway Coast and Glens, Cara McShane, said her thoughts and prayers were with Mr McKendry's family and friends following his tragic death.

"Freddy is from a large, well-respected and well-known family in this area.

"The Loughgiel and wider North Antrim community has been left in shock and are numb from this tragedy.

"Our hearts are sore as another young person has had his life cut short by another tragedy on our roads.

"This is a tight-knit rural community and people will rally around to support and comfort in every way possible in the difficult days, weeks and months ahead," she added.

Mr McKendry's funeral will leave from his home at Tullykittagh Road in Cloughmills tomorrow at 10.10am for Requiem Mass at 11am in Sacred Heart Church, Cloughmills, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Meanwhile, police are continuing to appeal for anyone who was travelling on the Altnahinch Road on Sunday night and who witnessed the collision to contact officers in Coleraine or the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference 1621 of May 5.

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