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Thursday 31 July 2014

Lift-death family bid to move

Caroline Crawford

Published 17/01/2014|02:30

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14/01/2014  Flowers at Hynes Building Augustine Street Galway where Solomon  Soremukun was killed Photo:Andrew Downes
Flowers at Hynes Building Augustine Street Galway where Solomon Soremukun was killed Photo: Andrew Downes

THE family of a young boy who died in a tragic lift accident are seeking new accommodation as they cannot face returning to their home.

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Omolara Akinyede lost her only son Solomon (3) in a freak accident, which saw him crushed in an elevator shaft in Galway city centre on Monday.

The trained nurse has remained in a state of shock since and is only now coming to terms with the loss of her son, according to Pastor Larry Ovie of the Faith Christian Fellowship.

"She had struggled to accept what had happened but it has hit her now. She has accepted that he is gone. It was very hard for her but she is holding on," said Pastor Ovie.

He added that the family were too distraught to return to their Fionnuisce home in Doughiska, which they had only moved into in recent weeks.

"She can't go home, there are too many memories there. The children had been excited about moving to Galway and their new home.

"She doesn't want to bring her girls back there."

Two investigations into the tragedy are now being carried out by the gardai and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).

Irish Independent

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