Jordan McConomy's last words were 'I love you', says grieving girlfriend of Derry teen who died after street attack
The last words of a teenager to his girlfriend as she cradled him before he passed away from injuries sustained during an altercation in Londonderry were "I love you", she has revealed.
Leah Kelly (18) and Jordan McConomy (19) had been childhood sweethearts, planning their future together.
Now Leah, along with Jordan's parents, brother and sisters, is preparing to say a final farewell to him.
Ms Kelly has joined her late boyfriend's family at their home in Rossnagalliagh where they await the return of his remains following a postmortem.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Leah said she has never known such pain and grief as she struggles with the realisation the man she called the love of her life is dead.
"Jordan was my everything from the moment I first met him," Leah tearfully recalled.
"Jordan died on my knee. The last words he said to me was, 'I love you so much'. That was the last words he said to me.
"Now we have to start preparing for his funeral, that isn't how it was supposed to be for us.
"We were meant to be together for the rest of our lives; we were planning on moving away together in two years' time.
"He was in the last year of his apprenticeship to be a joiner, we were going to get our Green Cards and go to America and work and I was going to go to university there and study to be a neo-natal nurse.
"Jordan worked really hard every day and saved up the money. Everything was in place for us to share the rest of our lives together.
"We spent every single day of the week together when we weren't at work and we had our whole lives planned out. I was 14 when we started going out and right from the start we just clicked, and within a couple of weeks we knew it was forever.
"For the past four years he has been my rock. If I was upset he would have done anything to make me feel better. He was my first love, the love of my life, my one and only, and I will never meet anyone like him.
"I was so happy that I got to experience the love we had and I don't know how I am going to cope without him.
"I knew him like I know the back of my hand, I knew when he was happy, sad, upset, I knew everything about him," she said.
"Now I am looking at a dark future without him."
Mr McConomy's funeral is expected to take place later this week at St Joseph's Church in Galliagh.
Meanwhile, an 18-year-old man arrested by police investigating the death of Mr McConomy remains in custody after police were granted an additional 36 hours to question him on Monday. Police inquiries are ongoing.