Sunday 11 December 2016

'My heart is in bits' - Woman's tribute to boyfriend after campsite death

By Allan Preston and Laura Abernethy

Published 10/08/2016 | 12:47

The girlfriend of a man who died while camping over the weekend has paid an emotional tribute calling him her "whole world and more".

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The man, named on social media as Stewart Walker, is understood to be aged in his 20s and from Coleraine, Co Derry.

He is understood to have been found dead in his tent by his girlfriend Jenna Brogan on Sunday morning at the campsite near the Agivey Bridge in Ballymoney, Co Antrim.

It is believed to be a sudden death and is not being treated as suspicious.

She posted tributes to the "love of her life" on Facebook.

She said: "My heart is in bits. Why did u have to go? I love you always. I miss you so much. Fly with the angels babe."

She posted pictures of them together and said: "My whole world and more. Love you always baby. Miss you so so much. Always on my mind forever in my heart."

His sister Naomi said: "Our family chain has broken now, and nothing is the same but as God takes us one by one the chain will link again. RIP Stewart. Fly high.

"Miss you bro. Will be thinking about you every sec goes by. Will see you soon Stewart Walker. Miss you," his brother Kyle said.

Mervyn Storey, DUP MLA for North Antrim said he was shocked by the news.

"I understand when the girl wakened in the morning he was dead," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"The police are carrying out a full investigation of what the circumstances were, but it's a very sad situation for the families involved."

"My thoughts are with the young man who is deceased but also the young girl, who has had to deal with the trauma of this over the past few days."

TUV councillor William Blair added: "It's a terrible thing to happen for a young person to die unexpectedly.

"I would offer my deepest sympathy to the family and would hope and trust they will be able to cope with it."

Mr Blair added: "I've children and grandchildren of my own, so I can only imagine what it would be like to get such terrible news like that."

Ulster Unionist councillor for Ballymoney Darryl Wilson commented: "I was shocked and saddened to learn that a young man has passed away while camping with friends near the Agivey bridge in Ballymoney.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the young man at this very difficult time."

Posting on social media, one Ballymoney resident commented: "So sad to read of a young life taken, my thoughts and prayers are with family and friends."

A police spokesperson said: "There was a sudden death in that area on Sunday and it is not being treated as suspicious.

"A post mortem is being carried out."

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