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Reece is laid to rest

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Reece is laid to rest thumbnailThe funeral of Reece Meenan, who lost his life in a road traffic collision, leaves the family home on Tuesday morning on route to the service in Star of the Sea, Portstewart.

THE grief-stricken sister of Coleraine schoolboy Reece Meenan has paid a poignant tribute to her "partner in crime." Speaking at a Requiem Mass for the life of 13-year-old Loreto pupil Reece, who suffered fatal injuries in a hit and run incident near their Strand Road home on November 26, his sister Caitlin Maria said: "He will be in my heart for eternity.
“We will get through this together, at this tough time. I love you Reece and will never forget you. You were my partner in crime."
There was standing room only at St Mary's Star of the Sea Church in Portstewart during last Tuesday's funeral.
Reece's distraught classmates and members of the sporting clubs where he had excelled formed a guard of honour.
Tear-stained faces struggled to grasp the enormity of their loss as Parish Priest Father Austin McGirr tried to comfort the hundreds of mourners who had gathered to bid Reece an emotional farewell.
He said: "Our hearts go out to Reece's mother Veronica, his father Paul and step-father John, his sisters Caitlin Maria and Laura and brother Graham, as well as his granny.
“This tragic and sudden death has left the family shocked and stunned. There was no preparation for this, no period of getting used to the idea of an early departure. All we can do, as a community, is hold you in love and prayer."

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