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Vigil held for Northern Ireland man Jack Glenn as family urge people to join search

Scores of people attended a moving prayer vigil for missing Londonderry man Jack Glenn on Saturday night.

The crowd turned out to show their support to the family of the 23-year-old, who is believed to have entered the River Foyle on Thursday morning.

Among those present were Jack’s mum Hester and sister Katie.

Earlier in the day, hundreds of people joined the searches which are taking place along the banks of the river and on the water.

People have taken to the river in kayaks and boats and have brought drones to the scour the area.

Speaking before the vigil, Katie said that Jack, a talented cricketer and footballer, was an “amazing brother who lit up every room he went into”.

She asked for people to continue searching to bring Jack back to their family.

“We are all so devastated,” said Katie. “But we have to be strong to just try and get my brother back.

“We want to get him home with us for a short while and get him safe.

“There are hundreds of people here today — it is crazy the amount of support we have had.

“Our family and friends are here but there are hundreds of people we don’t even know, who I’ve never seen before in my life, who have come out to help, determined to find my brother. That means so, so much.”

Katie paid tribute to her big brother, saying: “Jack was so sporty, so talented at everything he put his hand to, he was amazing.

“He was my brother and my best friend.”

Searches are being coordinated by Foyle Search and Rescue (FSR) and will continue along the Foyle and around the  Culmore area in the coming days.

A Twitter hashtag #GetJackBack has been set up for those on the searches and those wishing to offer support to the family.

Family member Peter Tait said they will search every day until they get Jack back.

“Jack was an amazingly loved, very popular boy who touched the lives of everyone he met,” Peter said yesterday.

“Despite the unrelenting efforts of the NIFRS, PSNI, Foyle Search and Rescue (FSR) and the Coastguard, we were sadly not able to recover Jack from the River Foyle. FSR met with the family circle to discuss the way forward.

“We are now co-ordinating searches with them during daylight hours.

Peter put out a call on social media on Thursday night, asking the public to join the family in their search for Jack and was moved by the support that poured in.

He said: “Derry City and Strabane District Council gave us marquees to set up an administration point and to use as HQ at Ebrington Square for those searching and various community groups have been coming down with refreshments.”

He added: “As you can imagine, nobody will settle until they get the closure of getting Jack’s body back, because until that happens you can’t move into a grieving process. Coupled with that is the feeling of being so helpless.

“It’s really difficult for the family at the minute. Whilst they take a lot of comfort and support from the public and what they are doing, they just want to get Jack home.

“Jack was an amazingly popular boy. He touched the lives of so many people.

“He was such a lovely person and the tributes from the football teams and cricket teams to schools and friends, who are paying tribute to him, are testament to that.”

Anyone affected by the issues in this story can contact Samaritans on 116 123 or LifeLine on 0808 808 8000

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