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Berkeley Tragedy: Father whose son died in US hit-and-run offers to bring home Berkeley balcony victims

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Kevin Bell (26), who was killed in New York in a hit and run

The father of a young man killed in a hit-and-run in New York has offered to cover the cost of repatriating the six Irish students killed in the Berkeley balcony collapse.

Colin and Eithne Bell, from County Down, manage the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and told RTE’s Liveline they had contacted the Department of Foreign Affairs to “tell the families that the funds are there to bring their children home.”

“The funds are available to help these families, and since Kevin’s death two years ago, we’ve brought 70 people home.”

The average cost of repatriating a body is about €5,900 said Mr Bell, but the further away the location, the more expensive it is.

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Speaking about his son’s death, Mr Bell said he still felt the pain of his loss, adding “we know exactly what [these] parents are going through."

“Any time we hear of someone young dying abroad, it brings it back every time.

The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust offers financial assistance to bereaved families to repatriate the body of loved ones who die abroad in sudden or tragic circumstances.

For those interested in donating, visit here.

Six Irish students have been killed following a balcony collapse in Berkeley, California.

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