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Friday 29 August 2014

'Your song has ended, but the melody lingers on' - Sister of tragic Patrick Halpin pays tribute to her brother

Published 07/02/2014 | 10:14

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A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police has confirmed that the body of tragic teen Patrick Halpin was found on the roof of a private property.

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"All we know is that he was found on a roof in the vicinity of Burger King and Zoo bar in Leicester Square," independent.ie has been told.

"As this is a non suspicious death, it is down to the coroner to determine what further investigations will take place"

This morning, the heartbroken family of Mr Halpin thanked everyone for their support after the 18-year-old's body was found in London.

The heartbroken sister of the young Irishman paid an emotional tribute to all those involved in the search for him, praising their relentless energy and their faith.

A grief-stricken Regina Ni hAilpin read a statement on behalf of her family thanking all the thousands who had shared in the search for her brother Patrick both in person and on social media.

She also thanked her local community in Loughrea Co Galway which has rallied around her mother Elsie while she and her father Paddy took part in the search for Patrick in London.

“On behalf of our family we'd like to thank the London Metropolitan Police, because they have done outstanding work and they've given us huge support out here. We'd like to thank all those on social media who shared and retweeted and media who kept the story in the public eye and we'd ask that they continue to respect our privacy obviously at this difficult time.

“We'd like to thank all the communities both at home in Galway and all across Ireland and here in London and in DCU for their relentless energy and their faith. And finally to our neighbours, to the parish, our friends and family we just thank them for standing by us and for their huge support. Go raibh mile maith agat,” she said.

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Missing Loughrea teenager Patrick Halpin - pic from his Facebook

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Missing Loughrea teenager Patrick Halpin
Missing Loughrea teenager Patrick Halpin - pic from his Facebook

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Missing Loughrea teenager Patrick Halpin
Missing Loughrea teenager Patrick Halpin - pic from his Facebook.

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Missing Loughrea teenager Patrick Halpin

Regina also tweeted a quote from composer Irving Berlin this morning, reading simply; "Your song has ended, but the melody lingers on" .

Close family friend Mairin Hayes, who was part of the search in London, said the family were overwhelmed by the support they had received.

“They are obviously in shock this morning but what can you say. At the minute they just want to thank everyone for helping.

“It's been an absolute roller coaster and the family are just doing the best they can. At the moment we don't know when we can take Patrick home. We met with the police last night and there are a lot of things and procedures that need to be done. It's really all in their hands.

“This is an absolutely tragic thing but we're just tying to keep strong,” she added.

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DCU student Patrick (18), from Loughrea, Co Galway, was on a trip to London with the university's drama society when he went missing on Tuesday night after leaving Zoo Bar in Leicester Square.

His sister and father had travelled to London yesterday to take part in the search. They were left elated yesterday evening when news surfaced that he had turned up at the airport after rejoining the travelling group.

However, hopes were cruelly dashed when that turned out to be an error after an airport official informed police he had checked in for a flight home.

Shortly after police searching for the young man found a body and sealed off an enclosed area near the Burger King and Zoo Bar where Patrick was last seen. It was confirmed to be the 18-year-old actuary student this morning.

Caroline Crawford

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