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Saturday 19 October 2019

Second St Patrick's Day tragedy for family who lost relative in UVF car bombing

Morgan Barnard who attended St Patrick's College in Dungannon
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The death of teenager Morgan Barnard in Cookstown is the second St Patrick's Day tragedy to hit his family.

SDLP councillor Denise Mullan said a dark cloud is again hanging over the family and the close-knit community in Dungannon.

"It's the 17th of March again and it's hit that poor family once again, and the town as well," she said.

"Morgan lost an uncle in a terrible atrocity in Dungannon back in 1976 when the UVF blew up the Hillcrest Bar. My heart goes out to them and the community's heart goes out to them.

"I want to let the family know that as a community we are all here for them."

Morgan's grandmother Betsy Martin put out a call on social media for anyone who saw anything of the incident on Sunday evening to get in touch with the family as they "wanted answers".

"Can anyone that was with Morgan last night please message me," she wrote.

"We need to know who he was with and who took him over to the Greenvale. This is for the family to get questions answered."

Shocked friends last night paid emotional tributes to the popular teenager, who alongside Connor Currie, was a student at St Patrick's Academy in Dungannon.

Eliot Barnard said: "I love you so much lad. You're always gonna be my best friend no matter where you are. Do me proud up there kid. Missing you already."

Another friend wrote: "He was such a great lad, great manners and always had a smile for everyone."

Another school pal said: "School will never be the same without you."

A friend wrote: "Doesn't seem real that you're gone, always brightened up our classroom with your humour and smile."

A family friend wrote that Morgan was a 'lovely young boy' and a 'bright lad'.

Another said: "No one deserves to not come home from anywhere, especially a night of fun."

Another of Morgan's friends wrote: "Heartbreaking, such beautiful kids just enjoying life as they should do. Taken too soon."

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