Jordan McConomy's parents 'in state of disbelief' after assault death of son in Derry
The parents of a "model son" who died after an altercation in Londonderry at the weekend are in a "state of total grief and disbelief", the family's priest has said.
Police were yesterday granted an additional 36 hours to question an 18-year-old man in connection with the death of Jordan McConomy.
Mr McConomy died as a result of injuries he sustained in the altercation in the early hours of Sunday in William Street.
His distraught parents are struggling to come to terms with their grief as they await the arrival of Jordan's older brother Paul, who is travelling back to Derry from Australia.
A post mortem was due to be carried out on Mr McConomy's remains yesterday ahead of his body being returned to his family in Rossnagalliagh.
His funeral is expected to take place at St Joseph's Church in Galliagh later this week, although arrangements have not yet been finalised.
Fr Kevin Mulhern from St Joesph's has been comforting the grieving family, who he said are in a state of total disbelief.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Fr Mulhern said: "Jordan's mother, father and sister Sarah are just numb with grief, they are in a state of disbelief, of wanting to wake up and it all be a bad dream instead of the reality.
"I didn't know Jordan myself but his parents have told me how good a son and brother he was - in fact they described him as a model son to me.
"There are no words we can say at times like this - all we can do is sit there, be with them in their grief and this is just one of those times.
"So many people have been affected by his death.
"He brought joy to everyone who knew him."
After the assault, Mr McConomy was taken by ambulance to Altnagelvin Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Stunned neighbours in the Rossnagalliagh area where Mr McConomy lived were yesterday still coming to terms with the shock of the teenager's death.
Josephine Doherty said: "This is just the most heartbreaking thing. I feel so, so sorry for Jordan's mother and father.
"Jordan was the same age as one of my own sons and I suppose you can't help but think - there for the grace of God go I.
"The young ones like to go out at the weekend and we were no different, but you don't expect your son not to come back home again.
"I have done nothing but cry since I heard the news, it has had a terrible effect on everybody around here. It is awful, no one knows what to do or what to say, but really there is nothing anyone can say."
Police have already been contacted by a large number of potential witnesses who were in William Street at around 2am on Sunday.
Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Boyce of the PSNI Serious Crime Branch renewed an appeal for everyone who was in the vicinity to get in touch.
He said: "Police are aware that many people were socialising in William Street earlier this morning and we would like to hear from members of the public who witnessed an altercation in William Street between approximately 1.45am and 2.15am to get in touch with detectives at Strand Road on telephone number 101, quoting reference number 228 of 24/9/17."
He added: "Police would particularly like to hear from motorists who were either parked on or travelling along William Street during these times and who had a dash cam fitted to their vehicle."