Friday 15 December 2017

Teenager (15) dies from head injuries after falling at a house

Megan McCallion (15) died in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast on Monday
Megan McCallion (15) died in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast on Monday

Joanne Sweeney

Megan (15) dies from head injuries after falling at a house.

Megan McCallion (15) passed away in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast on Monday after sustaining a head injury believed to have occurred during a fall at a house just after 11pm on Saturday.

Police yesterday confirmed the sudden death of the teenager following "a non-suspicious incident".

The death of the student from Dominican College at Fortwilliam in north Belfast has sent shockwaves though her school community.

A statement from Megan's school described her as "a bright, talented girl who was very popular with pupils and staff".

It added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time. The entire community of Dominican College Fortwilliam is devastated by the loss of our much-loved pupil Megan, who died as the result of a tragic accident."

Some of her friends took to Facebook to express their condolences as they tried to make sense of the tragic death.

Friend Caoimhe Bell posted on Facebook: "In absolute shock at what has happened, losing one of your best friends who was so young and had so much to live for is the most painful thing ever.

"She was the smartest, funniest, most amazing person ever and it's impossible to put my feelings into words. My heart is in a million pieces, I will never forget you Megan, love you so much, RIP."

Another friend Caitlin Kelly posted on Facebook: "Not getting to say goodbye to one of your best friends is the hardest thing I've ever had to do, seriously heartbroken.

"Can't believe I've lost one of my best friends, missing you forever Megan."

Megan was a youth member of North Belfast Harriers club and the club offered its condolences to her family in a statement posted on its website.

Alliance councillor Nuala McAllister, who is a past pupil of Dominican College, also passed on her support to Megan's family and friends.

She said that the school's pastoral care team would give support to Megan's school mates over the coming weeks.

She added: "It's very distressing for the local community and it must be very distressing for her family and friends.

"I know that they have a great pastoral care team and the teachers will be doing everything they can for her young friends and the wider school community."

Belfast Telegraph

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