Tuesday 20 March 2018

Detectives in bid to trace 600 at nightclub after Tory's mystery death

Tory Johnston
Tory Johnston

Greg Harkin

Gardai last night issued an appeal to find anyone who saw tragic Tory Johnston at a nightclub on the day she died.

The 17-year-old collapsed and died at Letterkenny General Hospital on Wednesday morning, just hours after feeling unwell at the Voodoo Nightclub in the town.

A post-mortem failed to find a cause of death and gardaí are awaiting the results of toxicology reports. Detectives believe more than 630 people attended the nightclub that night and have now appealed to anybody with any information on Tory's movements to come forward.

They have set up a specific email address for anyone with information.

Officers have already interviewed several of her friends, and have also been able to speak to others who were with her, or who spoke to her, on the night of the incident.

Detectives have also trawled CCTV footage from inside the club, as well as from garda-operated cameras on the town's main street.

"Gardai are particularly keen to speak to anyone who was socialising in Voodoo nightclub in the early hours of the 15th of July and who may be in possession of information that would assist with the investigation," said a spokesman.

"Anyone who may have information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station in confidence at lkgarda@garda.ie."

It may be three weeks before toxicology results are known, said Inspector Pat O'Donnell.

Hundreds of people, many of them young friends of Tory, paid their respects at her wake in Bomany, just outside Letterkenny yesterday.

Her parents, Sammy and Helen, and her 14-year-old sister Amy have been left devastated by her death.

School friends of Tory have been invited to sign a book of condolences at her school Loreto Secondary in Letterkenny today.

Her funeral will take place tomorrow (Sunday) at 2pm at St Eunan's Cathedral, next door to the school where Tory was due to begin sixth year this September.

School staff will be back at the school after the Mass.

Irish Independent

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