Wednesday 17 January 2018

Devoted dad, popular teenager, dancing mum . . . and two happy-go-lucky brothers

Jodie-Lee Daniels
Jodie-Lee Daniels
Sean McGrotty
Ruth Daniels
Mark McGrotty and his brother Evan Newsdesk Newsdesk

Sean McGrotty (49) - Described as "the most devoted of fathers and husbands", the father of three who idolised his children.

The glazier, who worked in his hometown of Derry, also loved his pigeons. But family members said that most of all he loved his kids and family.

He is survived by long-term partner Louise James and baby daughter Rioghnach-Ann.

Jodie-Lee Daniels (14) - A pupil at Mary's College in Derry, Jodie-Lee was described as a typical teenager who loved make-up, clothes and style.

Principal Marie Lindsay said she was a hard worker who was determined to do well in her studies. "She loved her history, she loved her maths and was doing very well. She had a bright, bright future, which makes it very tragic for everyone."

Ruth Daniels (59) - Pals of mother-of-six Ruth Daniels said she loved nothing more than to dance.

Her son Joshua Daniels plays football for League of Ireland side Derry City and is considered one of the rising stars of the game.

Ruth worked in the home after several years employed in a shoe factory. Survived by daughter Louise and sons Nathan, Jonathan, Kyle and Joshua.

Mark McGrotty (12) - Mark was a first-year student at St Joseph's Secondary School in Derry.

He was described as "the quieter one" of the two McGrotty brothers. "He would have been a bit more of a thinker," said his uncle Tommy McGrotty.

The boys, who had stayed with their grandmother the night before the tragedy, were said to be great kids who "just loved life".

Evan McGrotty (8) - Evan, who had muscular dystrophy, was a pupil at St Eithne's Primary School, Derry.

It is understood the family had celebrated his first confession just a fortnight ago and were preparing for his first communion in May.

Evan was described as the 'joker' of the brothers, who loved getting involved and carrying on. "He would play to get what he wanted," added uncle Tommy.

Irish Independent

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