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Freddy McKendry's brother pays moving tribute to crash victim - 'Always the best go first'

Freddy McKendry who died in a crash in Loughgiel on Friday
Freddy McKendry who died in a crash in Loughgiel on Friday
Flowers left in Freddy's memory
The crash scene
Claire McNeilly

By Claire McNeilly

A brother of a man in his 20s who died in a car crash in Co Antrim has vowed never to forget him, adding that it's "always the best go first".

The victim, who has been named locally as Freddy McKendry from Omerbane, Cloughmills, was involved in a collision on the Altnahinch Road, Loughgiel shortly before 11pm on Sunday.

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

His wake was held at 9pm last night at the family home, with his sister Caitriona saying on Facebook "everyone welcome".

Mr McKendry's brother Cathair also wrote on his social media page "love you loads Freddy" before adding another Facebook post that said: "Freddy man I'll see you soon.

"Always the best go first. I'll never forget you."

Messages of support poured in from close friends who offered their condolences to Freddy's parents and siblings Amanda, Frankie, Stephen, Catriona, Padraig and Cathair.

Bernie Kennedy wrote: "Absolutely heartbreaking news Amanda, thoughts and prayers with you all" while Jason McNeill said: "Sorry for your loss Amanda, thinking of you and your family."

SDLP councillor for the area, Margaret Anne McKillop, extended her sympathy to the family of the young man who lost his life so tragically in the road traffic accident.

"My deepest sympathy goes to the young man's family and friends," she said.

"No one can begin to understand the shock and grief that follows such a tragic event.

"All I can do is reassure them that the entire community of Loughgiel and much further afield is with them at this challenging time. We pray that somehow they will get through the difficult days ahead.

"Loughgiel is a closely knit community where everyone knows each other and on this occasion they have lost a young man in his 20s who had so much to live for."

Police closed the Altnahinch Road overnight but it has since reopened.

They have also appealed for information from anyone who may have witnessed the incident last Sunday.

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