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Teen girl's family left devastated by tragic death

Greg Harkin

Published 17/07/2015 | 02:30

Tory Johnston
Tory Johnston

The parents of a teenage girl who collapsed and died after a night out with her friends are absolutely distraught, an uncle has said.

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Tory Johnston (17) died at Letterkenny General Hospital on Wednesday morning, several hours after being helped out of a local nightclub by worried security staff.

A post mortem has failed to find a cause of death.

Tory's parents Helen and Sammy and her 14-year-old sister Amy have been left devastated.

The girl's uncle Joe Dorrian, a sergeant based at Letterkenny Garda Station, said the family are trying to come to terms with their loss.

"Tory's death has left a huge void at the centre of our family," said Mr Dorrian.

"She was just a beautiful beautiful girl. She loved her family, she loved her school and her friends and she loved life.

"It's a tragedy which could hit any family. I'm a policeman and it's happened to me.

"Tory was a normal teenage girl, she loved make-up and fashion and all those things.

"We are all absolutely devastated."

Tory's body is expected to be released to her family today for a wake at their home at Bomany, just outside Letterkenny.

"We're awaiting the results of the post mortem but it might be weeks before we find out what happened," added Joe.

Fr Eamonn Kelly, a curate at St Eunan's Cathedral where Tory's funeral will be held this Sunday, said Tory's parents were struggling to come to terms with what happened.

"Tory took a seizure and hit her head but we don't know what happened after that other than she took another seizure in hospital and sadly passed away," said Fr Kelly.

Inspector Pat O'Donnell appealed for information from anyone who spoke to Tory at Voodoo nightclub on Tuesday night or who may have photographs or video from social media.

Gardaí are now awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

Irish Independent

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