Tuesday 19 February 2019

Tears for popular teenager

Hubert Murphy

And still they came, in their hundreds, young tear stained faces, older members of the community, ashened cheeks, eyes lowered, hearts broken.

For an hour and more they made their way up the aisle in St Brigid's Church in Dunleer last Monday, united in grief for an ordinary everyday family, gripped by the greatest horror of all - the murder of their beloved boy, Cameron Reilly.

The candlelit vigil, organised by Fr Michael Murtagh, was an open and honest stand by a community for one of their own.

An ocean of candle wax covered the surface of the car park, like encrusted tears, caught in a moment - like the family they supported on that special evening.

The older members of the community could hardly recall such scenes, such grief, in this , their world, visited by such evil early one Saturday morning.

People from all walks of life were there, many from Cameron's school days, many from his college, DkIT.

Indeed, Daithi Kearney from the college is the organist in the church and he led the congregation in music that touched the soul.

'Death does not have to have the last say,' Fr Murtagh remarked, addressing the large crowd.

He prayed for the 'goodness of so many people' and the 'Christian charity' that had poured out like a light in Dunleer since Cameron's death.

The world supported the family at this time.

Drogheda Independent