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Monday 20 November 2017

Heartbroken boyfriend ends life by soulmate's grave

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

A HEARTBROKEN young man who could not live without his girlfriend after her sudden death ended his own life in the cemetery where she was buried.

Gillian Bradley (25) died unexpectedly last Friday night after she collapsed at her community hall while attending a variety show in Adamstown, Co Wexford.

Yesterday, it emerged that her devastated boyfriend, Julian Rothwell, ended his life in the cemetery where his beloved girlfriend was buried less than 24 hours earlier.

Gardai took possession of a shotgun at the scene.

A source close to the family said Mr Rothwell died from a shotgun wound. It was the second tragedy to hit the Adamstown cemetery, where it's understood that another young woman from Enniscorthy ended her life on the grave of her grandmother in the 1990s.

"There is a dark cloud over the area and we are all praying for the families affected by this tragedy," a neighbour said.

Hundreds of sympathisers had gathered at Ms Bradley's funeral Mass in St Abban's Church on Tuesday.

Yellow flowers spelling the words 'daughter' and 'sister' delicately surrounded Ms Bradley's grave, where her inconsolable sisters held an all-day vigil yesterday after Mr Rothwell took his life.

Red roses, white lilies and a ceramic angel surrounded the plot where a small wooden cross marks her passing. Ms Bradley's two younger sisters, Lynn and Chloe, sat by her grave in disbelief.

"My mam is down in the house and she is in bits, it's been awful," one of the sisters said.

They described how their grief was already unthinkable before Mr Rothwell's death.

Both young people who died were from the Adamstown area. It's understood Mr Rothwell, in his 20s, died after he entered the cemetery shortly after lunchtime yesterday. Gardai would not comment on the nature of the tragedy.

It is understood that officers were alerted by passers-by and Mr Rothwell's remains were removed to the nearby hospital for a post-mortem examination.

By 4pm, family members and friends had arrived at the cemetery as they tried to digest what had happened.

The cause of Ms Bradley's sudden death has not been disclosed. Her parents, Martin and Breda, are said to be in deep shock.

Locals told the Irish Independent that Mr Rothwell and Ms Bradley were "soulmates" and "inseparable".

One local man said: "They just wanted to be together, it's so sad but he must have felt he couldn't go on without her."

The son of Edna and Reginald Rothwell, Julian is survived by two brothers and one sister.

Ms Bradley was described at her funeral Mass on Tuesday by parish priest Fr Robert Nolan as a "fun loving" and "charismatic" young woman.

Irish Independent

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