Wednesday 23 October 2019

'Adored' teen found dead in car outside hospital was 'vibrant soul'

Victim: Tara Wright, from Donaghcloney, Co Down, was found outside Belfast City Hospital
Victim: Tara Wright, from Donaghcloney, Co Down, was found outside Belfast City Hospital

Claire McNeilly

A teenage girl found dead in a car outside Belfast City Hospital will be laid to rest on Saturday after a private committal service.

The death of Tara Wright, from the Dromore area of Co Down, is believed to be connected to a single-vehicle crash on the Ballygowan Road in Castlereagh in the early hours of Sunday.

Police investigating her death believe she was injured in the crash involving a silver Mercedes before being brought to the grounds of the city centre hospital in a grey MG car.

Her devastated parents said 17-year-old Tara, who worked in a call centre in Newry, was a "vibrant soul with a zest for life".

In a death notice posted online yesterday, her family said they wanted her funeral service to remain private.

"Dearly loved daughter of Michael and Tracey, much loved sister of Charles, Alistair and Anna," the notice read.

"Tara was adored and cherished by her whole family, she will be missed greatly and remembered forever."

It also said: "All friends and family are welcome at the house on Friday between 2pm and 7pm", but added that "the house and committal service will be strictly private on Saturday".

In a statement released to the media on Monday, Tara's parents Michael and Tracey said that she will be greatly missed.

"Tara was a kind, funny, charismatic, bright young girl with her whole life ahead of her and we can't believe that we now have to say goodbye to her," the statement read.

Four men - aged 20, 21, 28 and 30 - were arrested on Sunday in connection with the incident, but they were subsequently bailed pending further police inquiries.

Irish Independent

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