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Mum was my best pal, says Michelle McStravick's grieving daughter

By Cate McCurry

The daughter of the care worker killed with her colleague in a car crash in Co Antrim has spoken of her devastation at losing her "best friend".

Cliodhan McStravick described her mother, Michelle, as the "most loveable person" in a moving tribute to the 35-year-old from Randalstown.

Michelle and Lorraine Clyde (56), from the Antrim area, were killed in the horror crash on Monday morning.

It is understood both women worked as care assistants for Homecare Independent Living in Coleraine.

Heartfelt messages and flowers were placed at the junction of the Church Road and the Moneyrod Road in Randalstown, where the tragedy happened.

Cliodhan paid the heartfelt tribute to her mother as her heartbroken family prepared for the funeral tomorrow.

"My loving mother gained her angel wings and flew up to heaven on July 25, 2016," she said.

"Words can't explain how devastated I was when I heard the life-changing news that not only my mother passed, but my best friend left me.

"My mother in my perspective was the most outgoing, loveable person I've ever met and ever will meet. Words can't explain how much of a setback this will (be to) her loved ones.

"Michelle lived her life by sharing quotes to other people. This is one of her favourites: 'You have to take the good and the bad, smile when you're sad, love what you've got and remember what you've had.'"

As well as working as a care assistant, Michelle was fitness competitor, winning trophies for body-building.

Lorraine was married with children and was well-known in Antrim as a patrol lady for St Comgall's Primary School.

Michelle's funeral will take place today at St MacNissi's Church in Randalstown at 11am.

Lorraine's funeral service will be held at St Comgall's Church in Antrim tomorrow, leaving her The Meadows home at 12 noon. It will then proceed to Roselawn Crematorium for 2.30pm.

Lorraine was described as "a dedicated and loyal" member of staff by colleagues at St Comgall's Primary School.

The school's board of governors also paid tribute to her in a statement.

"She had the needs of the children at the forefront of her work," they said. "She will be sincerely missed".

A tribute posted online from staff at the One 2 One domiciliary care company described the tragic deaths of their colleagues as heartbreaking.

"It is a very sad day for our industry," they said in statement. "We are so very sorry and devastated to hear that two community care workers were killed in a car accident while out doing the job they loved.

"Our thoughts and our prayers are with both families as they received this heartbreaking news. May the two of you rest in peace."

A friend of Lorraine's visited the scene of the crash earlier this week and left the heartfelt message: "You are in my thoughts and always will be."

A man and a woman travelling in a silver Ford Focus suffered non-life threatening injuries in the incident.

Police have appealed for anyone with information on the accident to come forward.

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