Wednesday 18 October 2017

Student (17) who died on night out was to receive award

Tragedy: Guoda Remeikaite
Tragedy: Guoda Remeikaite

Nicola Anderson and Elaine Keogh

A STUDENT who died after a graduation ceremony had been due to receive a "Student of the Year" award on Monday.

Guoda Remeikaite (17) died of a suspected heart attack while on a night out to celebrate an end-of-year graduation ceremony.

The young girl's mother passed away from a cardiac condition in the past three years.

Last night the principal at Boyne Community School in Trim, Co Meath – where she had been a student – released a statement saying she will be greatly missed.

"We learnt this morning of the sudden death of one of our students, Guoda Remeikaite," said Elizabeth Cahill.

"We are deeply saddened by Guoda's untimely death.

"She was a model student and was nominated by her teachers to receive the 'Student of the Year Award' for fifth year next Monday.

"Our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with her father, sister and members of her extended family and her many friends."

Pupils at the school were on a night out when the young girl suddenly took ill on the bus ride home. Local sources said the provisional cause of death was believed to be a heart attack.

It is understood that a fellow student at the Community College – who is a lifeguard – carried out CPR until medics arrived at the scene. She was taken to Our Lady's Hospital in Navan but subsequently pronounced dead. A post-mortem was due to be carried out.

The bus had been carrying students back from the ceremony at the Hamlet Court Hotel at Johnstown Bridge, around 20km from Trim.

A garda spokesperson said gardai were not treating the death as suspicious.

Guoda lived with her father and sister in the Knightsbrook estate on the outskirts of Trim town. The family is originally from Lithuania.

Irish Independent

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