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Funeral for Florida school shooting victim Cara Loughran

By Allan Preston

A Co Antrim man's daughter who was killed in last week's Florida school massacre has been laid to rest after a funeral service.

Cara Loughran (14) was one of seventeen people who died when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last Wednesday.

Yesterday her funeral was held at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Coral Springs.

Co-workers from her weekend job at JC Penny have started a GoFundme page to help the family with funeral expenses, raising $15,000 so far.

They described Cara as "a wonderful kid with big dreams" who loved gymnastics, surfing and Irish dancing.

Her brother Liam is also a student at the school and is thought to have witnessed the attack but survived.

It's understood her father Damian emigrated from Northern Ireland 15 years ago, although Cara's grandmother still lives in Toomebridge.

Nikolas Cruz (19) has been charged with 17 counts of murder. Police say he has admitted carrying out the attack.

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