Monday 20 November 2017

Letter found on bridge tells of 'shattered dreams'

George Jackson

A POIGNANT letter which tells of "shattered" dreams has been found on a bridge from where a young man and woman were seen plunging into the water.

The note, together with a bouquet of flowers, was discovered taped to a lamp standard on the Foyle Bridge in Derry close to the spot where Dublin woman Alexandra O'Brien (21) was seen falling into the river.

Her body was found last week and the search continues for her friend, Kieran McKeon (18), after both had travelled to Derry from a Dublin hospital.

The letter was discovered as it emerged that a third person was seen plunging into the river yesterday from the same bridge as a search continued for Mr McKeon.

The letter was addressed to "my Alyx, my wee sis" and signed by "your big sis Cella".

"I wanted to protect you, love you, be that big sister and comfort you. Now I will never get that chance and it breaks my heart," said the author.

"My dreams are shattered. We sent our letters backwards and forwards but here I am writing this letter that will never get a reply."

"I will never hear your voice again and it kills me. I know you are an angel now. Please watch over me and your baby niece Maizie-Grace. I know you would have loved her as much as I do."

As the search continued for Mr McKeon, Foyle Search and Rescue confirmed that a second man, wearing a black hoodie and carrying a black rucksack, was seen falling from the Foyle bridge yesterday morning.

Irish Independent

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