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'Our angel': Sister of tragic Lisa Gow pays tribute to mother-of-two killed by stolen car

By Brett Campbell and Mark Edwards

Hundreds of mourners have gathered for the funeral of the mother-of-two Lisa Gow who was struck by a stolen car in north Belfast.

Ms Gow, aged in her 30s, died last Thursday after being hit by an Audi A4 on the Ballysillan Road at around 11am. It had been reported stolen from the Cavehill Road a short time earlier.

Rev Colin Duncan told those who packed into the pews at St Andrew’s Church that it was “a solemn moment” to give thanks for the life of Ms Gow and to pray for her family, including her two young children.

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The family of Lisa Gow described her as a loving, caring and devoted mother.

“We pray for the family for whom her loss will be most keenly felt,” he said.

“For Agnes and Peter who have lost a daughter. For Olivia and Riley who have lost a mum, for John as he comes to terms with the loss of a partner. For Kellyann and Becca as they learn to live without their sister.”

The clergyman described the circumstances of Lisa’s death as “cruel” and said it had darkened many hearts.

But he also said it had brought out the best in people and described the many messages of support the family has received from around the world.

“The outpouring of support from communities across Northern Ireland and even from a round the world has been tremendous,” he said.

“All sorts of people have reached out, but particularly young mothers.”

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Flowers on the Ballysillian road in North Belfast

Lisa’s sister Kellyann was able to compose herself to read a tribute “to our angel” which she had written with Becca who stood beside her.

Funeral of Lisa Gow at St Andrew's Church in the Glencairn, west Belfast. The mother-of-two was knocked down and killed by a stolen car which was being pursued by the police, last Thursday in north Belfast. Family and friends follow her coffin as it leaves the church after the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Funeral of Lisa Gow at St Andrew's Church in the Glencairn, west Belfast. The mother-of-two was knocked down and killed by a stolen car which was being pursued by the police, last Thursday in north Belfast. Family and friends follow her coffin as it leaves the church after the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Funeral of Lisa Gow at St Andrew's Church in the Glencairn, west Belfast. The mother-of-two was knocked down and killed by a stolen car which was being pursued by the police, last Thursday in north Belfast. Family and friends follow her coffin as it leaves the church after the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

“Her number one priority was her two absolutely beautiful kids,” she said.

“She made sure Olivia and Riley wanted for nothing and we as a family will make sure that carries on.”

Ms Gow's family has been left angered following revelations that the driver, Martin Alexander Nelson, was freed on bail just 24 hours earlier.

Nelson was released on bail after he admitted being unlawfully at large from Magilligan Prison between October 30 and November 3, 2017.

He also admitted resisting a police officer in the execution of his duty on November 2 while he was on the run.

Police Ombudsman investigators probing the police pursuit of Nelson have said the lead police pursuits car was a matter of seconds behind the suspect vehicle when Ms Gow was hit by the car.

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