THOMAS and Matthew Franklin looked out on the stretch of the River Shannon where the body of their beloved niece, Chloe Kinsella, was recovered just hours previously.
The schoolgirl had been missing for nearly six days when her tiny 5ft frame was spotted floating in the water.
For Thomas, the location of the awful tragedy will haunt him forever. His house looks out over the exact point Chloe was located. "I'm so close (to the spot), and to think that she came down here and she couldn't find it to just come into us and speak to us," he told the Sunday Independent.
"On that particular night, my sons and daughters were away because my son was leaving for England and everybody went off to send him off. Other than that they would have all been hanging around the area here," Thomas added with tears welling in his eyes.
It was a week to the day Chloe had gone missing. Talk of a row at home and a suicide note left in her bedroom were cast out by her uncle and his brother Matthew as silly rumours.
However, it is acknowledged Chloe was upset by something, and may have been drinking prior to her wandering down to the river. The family's pain was etched on all their faces as they somehow tried to come to terms with the tragedy.
Known locally for her beauty and fashion sense, Chloe was also regarded as a skilled hip-hop dancer.
"She was such a beautiful young lady. She was only a child," Thomas said, rubbing his tears away.
He added: "I'm very emotional and I get upset talking about her. She was only a child and she spent a lot of time with us on holidays in Ballybunion and Bulgaria.
"My daughter Nikita is the same age as Chloe and they always hung around together. It's just terrible. My children are completely devastated obviously. I have nine children including a son we lost a couple of years ago...Thomas, he was 31."
Even further tragedies have befallen the hard-working family, who are hugely popular in their native northside Limerick city community, Kileely.
In 2004, Chloe's mum Shirley, lost a three-year-old daughter to a heart condition.
Both her youngest daughters will now be buried together, Chloe to meet her sister Sophie again in Heaven, the family pray.
"Chloe is going down (to be buried) with Sophie now. My parents are in the plot as well. It's heartbreaking, heartbreaking.
"There's nothing anyone can say to make it easier, but in fairness, the local community are so fantastic, it's unbelievable the support we have got," Thomas said.
In the past 10 years Thomas and Matthew counted 14 people who had drowned in the same stretch of water because of suicides and accidental deaths.
A CCTV camera stands overlooking the spot where Chloe was recovered by divers from Limerick Marine Search and Rescue Service. The only problem is the camera is turned away from the river, which has become a major talking point locally.
According to Thomas, "it's ridiculous" because "there is no monitoring of it at all, and so many people have gone in here (and drowned)".
Thomas and Matthew, desperately looking for answers, wondered why little else has been done to secure the open area of their housing estate down to the riverbank.
"Why don't they just do something with it. There are cameras facing everywhere, except down the river. Why isn't it pointing down the river looking out for the kids in the area?
"I know you can't prevent everything, or monitor everything obviously, but this place is like having an (accident) blackspot. It should be considered a blackspot, because so many people have (drowned) here. It seems nobody gives a damn. It's absolutely pointless (having a camera facing away from the river)."
Candles, photographs, bouquets of flowers, and messages of love for Chloe mark the heartbreaking scene of where her body was found.
Her parents Kevin and Shirley, said to be "in limbo", were too distraught to speak.
Her uncle Matthew reiterated words of advice for young people, which he spoke on Friday after Chloe was found: "Young people need to slow down, their lives are running too fast. I'd like to say to them, 'Lads, cop yourselves on. Your lives are still ahead of ye. If ye need to seek help, just go and get help from your teachers or your doctors. Don't blackguard your lives. Cop yourselves on, and, relax'."
Chloe's removal will take place today from 4.30pm-6pm. Her funeral Mass takes place tomorrow at St Munchin's Church.
She will be laid to rest in the family plot at Mount St Oliver Cemetery.