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Death of ‘a bubbly girl who loved life’

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Death of ‘a bubbly girl who loved life’ thumbnailThe funeral cortege of Amy Reid leaves her Coolnafranky Park home yesterday morning, Monday.

THREE people have been arrested and bailed following the death of a popular young woman in Coagh on Friday.

It is believed Amy Reid, 21, from Coolnafranky Park, Cookstown, died in the early hours of Friday morning after attending a house party in the village.

Her funeral took place yesterday morning, Monday.

According to Police, three people - two men and a woman - were arrested and bailed in connection with drugs-related enquiries following the death of Ms Reid.

Police, in a statement, said: "Police in Mid-Ulster are investigating the sudden death of a 21-year-old female in the Coagh area on Friday, October 28.

"Police arrested three people - a 26-year-old male, a 39-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman.

“They have been released on Police bail pending further inquiries."

There has been widespread shock at news of the tragedy.

Ms Reid's neighbour, Peter Cassidy, said that the family were "absolutely shocked" at what had happened.

Stated the former SDLP Councillor: "Amy was a young girl with everything to live for and she was tragically taken away so young.

"I have seen her from since she was a child up to now and she was a bubbly girl who enjoyed life," continued Mr Cassidy.

"She had three brothers and a sister; they're totally gobsmacked. They can't take it in. The parents are totally devastated."

The Chairman of Cookstown District Council, Ulster Unionist Cllr Trevor Wilson, also described it as a "terrible tragedy".

Stated Cllr Wilson: "Amy had her whole life ahead of her. When the news reached Cookstown and the people that lived round about where she lived, it was very sad and they are really stunned."

Sinn Féin Cllr John McNamee said he knows the young woman's family.

"At such a young age of 21, it is terrible for the family and for the whole community. We should reflect on what really happened, a young woman, 21 years of age, in the prime of her life has lost her life," he said. "Her family, friends and neighbours are totally devastated."

Cllr McNamee warned against speculation about what happened at this stage.

SDLP Councillor Tony Quinn, who knows Miss Reid's family, also expressed his condolences.

“This tragic death of a young person in our community has caused a deep sense of shock and sadness," he said.

“I wish to offer my prayers and condolences on behalf of myself and the community to Amy's friends, family and the family circle."

Amy's funeral was held yesterday, Monday, with a service in Holy Trinity Chapel, Cookstown, followed by interment in Forthill Cemetery.

She is survived by her parents Gerard and Lorna, step-mother Roisin and siblings James, Ryan, Colm and Lucy.

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