Belfast Telegraph

Lisa Gow family 'overwhelmed' by community response after loss of 'devoted mother'

By Jonathan Bell

The family of Lisa Gow have spoken of their devastating loss and how the reaction of their Belfast neighbours has left them "overwhelmed".

The mother of two was killed after she was hit by a stolen car on Thursday on the Ballysillan Road in north Belfast.

In a statement released on Saturday through DUP councillor Dale Pankhurst, the family said they had been left deeply saddened and hurt by the loss of a beloved daughter and sister.

"Lisa was a loving, caring and devoted mother to her two children, Olivia aged eight, and Riley aged five, along with her partner, John. She was a daughter and a sister who was full of joy, full of energy, and full of love for her family and friends."

Martin Nelson (39), from Ardoyne, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and other offences. He was remanded into custody after a court hearing on Friday.

The family said Lisa's life had been tragically cut short, "costing our family a daughter, a sister, an auntie, and most of all, a mummy". Since the tragedy the fund raising initiatives have taken place and thousands raised.

"We are overwhelmed by the response and the caring nature of the community, who in spite of this terrible tragedy, rallied around us, sending messages of support and tributes from right across the community: from Ballysillan to Ardoyne to Highfield and west Belfast.

"We are also deeply humbled by the financial donations from members of the public in order to help us and the floral tributes at the site of the tragedy on the Ballysillan Road."

The Police Ombudsman is investigating the circumstances of the police chase of the stolen car. Police said their pursuit had ended before the fatal crash. However the police watchdog said video footage showed police were "a matter of seconds" behind the car before the tragic incident.

The family have requested privacy for the days ahead.

Lisa's funeral will be held in St Andrew’s Church in Glencairn at 1.30pm with a service at Roselawn Crematorium at 3.30pm on Tuesday

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