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Lesley-Ann McCarragher's friends share memories of young woman killed in Armagh hit-and-run in tribute

"We didn't realise we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun"

By Claire Williamson

Friends of Lesley-Ann McCarragher, killed in a hit-and-run over the weekend, have created an emotional video montage to pay their respects to the 19-year-old while the young woman's sister has thanked the public for their support.

Lesley-Ann was airlifted to hospital after she was fatally injured in a hit-and-run while jogging close to her family home on the Monaghan Road near Milford on Saturday.

She died from her injuries in the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Hundreds gathered on Wednesday to pay their respects at her funeral where she was described as a "beautiful princess".

In his address Rev Davidson said that Lesley-Ann grew up as a unique person and catalogued her many achievements in sport and academics as well as becoming head girl at City of Armagh High School.

Rev Davidson said: "She had all the characteristics to which any pupil would aspire."

Filled with pictures and precious memories of their friendship Lesley-Ann's friends have created an emotional tribute montage video to the young woman using music of one of her favourite bands, Snow Patrol.

The tribute starts with the heartbreaking words of, "We didn't realise we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun".

The video ends with: "Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard but always near. Still loved, still missed and very dear."

Rev Davidson read out poignant lyrics from Snow Patrol's song This Isn't Everything You Are at the young woman's funeral.

Her sister Judith called for donations to be sent to the Air Ambulance charity in the hope other lives could be saved.

The Chancellor, George Osborne, committed £4m to the service in his budget last month.

Judith said: "Following the tragic death of our beautiful Lesley-ann McCarragher, we as a family, have been greatly moved and comforted by the overwhelming support we have received from across the entire country.

"With this in mind we would like to invite people to donate to the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland Charity, our first helicopter emergency medical service. Public support is vital to ensure its sustainability.

"We are in no doubt, this will save many lives in the future. Thank you for your support."

Also a pink Sophie Hulme bag that Lesley-Ann had asked family to bring home from New York was placed beside her coffin so that friends could post their final farewells to their friend.

It now sits in the family's Armagh home as a tribute to the teenager's enormous popularity.

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