Thursday 18 January 2018

Three released on bail after Amy Reid (21) dies at house party

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Tributes have been paid to a young woman who lost her life at a party on Friday, after which three people were arrested on drugs related offences.

Police are now investigating the sudden death of the victim, named locally as Amy Reid (21), from Coolnafranky Park in Cookstown.

Another man was taken to hospital after the party in a flat in the village of Coagh, Co Tyrone.

Police said the three people - two men, aged 26 and 39, and a 32-year-old woman - have been arrested in connection with drug-related enquiries.

They have since been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Peter Cassidy, a neighbour of the young woman, who was one of five siblings, said that the community was shocked by the news of Amy's sudden death.

"It's a terrible tragedy," he commented.

"It's another young life lost. She was just a 21-year-old with her whole life ahead of her. The people who live round and about her are really stunned," the neighbour said.

One friend paid tribute to the young woman online, writing; "You will be sadly missed by all uv pulled on a lot of heart strings u little rascal.. watch over ur family... may u rest in peace... we all love you... this girl had a heart of gold and Lola will miss u too [sic]."

Another wrote; "Another life gone too young. Thoughts and Prayers are with the Reid Family."

Cookstown SDLP Councillor Tony Quinn extended his condolences to the family, describing it as a "terrible tragedy", and expressed his sadness that a young life had been lost.

Cllr Quinn said: "This tragic death of a young person in our community has caused a deep sense of shock and sadness.

"I wish to offer my prayers and condolences on behalf of myself and the community to Amy’s friends, her family and the wider family circle."

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