THE devastated family of schoolgirl Chloe Kinsella have called on young people, particularly girls, to seek professional help if they are under pressure in their lives.
Chloe (15) had been missing since last Saturday night after leaving her home in Kileely, Co Limerick.
Her body was found at Brown's Quay in the Thomondgate area not far from her home in Limerick yesterday.
Family and friends gathered at St Munchin's Community Centre last night to offer support and friendship at a time of great loss.
Her elder sister Linsey (23), who suffered the grim task of identifying her sibling's body addressed the large crowd assembled at the community centre.
"I never thought I'd be seeing this day," she said in floods of tears.
"Chloe, I was waiting for you to come home or even ring my phone. Thanks to everyone who helped to find her."
"She never knew how much she was really loved," she added.
Paying tribute to Chloe, her uncle Matthew Franklin described her as "just a lovely little child".
She passed my house every morning and hugged my little seven-year-old daughter, and now she's gone. I can't believe it," he said.
People wept as Mr Franklin addressed the crowd, asking young girls to look after each other.
"Young people in the area, respect what you have, respect your age. Look what's after happening to a 15-year-old child," he said.
Aiming his words at girls of a similar age to his deceased niece who had gathered at St Munchin's Community Centre, he said: "Girls, please, just look what's after happening, 15 years of age, a child gone.
"Live your lives, just relax and be happy... because if it gets out of hand, we'll have another tragedy on our hands."
Hundreds took part in the grueling six-day search and were backed up by bloodhounds from Irish Search Dogs, the Shannon-based Rescue 115 Helicopter, and marine search groups from Cork, Clare and west Limerick.
Chloe's parents Shirley – and Kevin who also identified his daughter's body – were too inconsolable to speak as they tried to come to terms with their daughter's death.
Gardaí said they do not suspect foul play. A post mortem was taking place at University Hospital Limerick to try to discover an exact cause of death.
It was the second tragedy to rock the family. In 2004, Chloe's three-year old baby sister Sophie, died from a heart condition.