IN what will be an emotionally charged day, the remains of five members of the extended Derry family who died in Buncrana pier tragedy will be brought home today.
Their bodies have now been released following the completion of post mortem examinations.
The results of the PMs will passed to the Coroner ahead of any inquest he calls into the shocking tragedy.
Sean McGrotty, primary school sons Mark and Evan, Ruth Daniels, 57, and her teenage daughter Jodie-Lee Daniels, died when their Audi Q7 car slipped into Lough Swilly from an algae covered slipway at the pier in Buncrana.
The remains of all five will be taken to the St Eithne’s Park home which Mr McGrotty shared with his partner Louise James, the daughter of Ms Daniels.
Ms James had been in England for a “hen weekend” and returned home to Derry on Sunday night to be told of the devastating news.
Her four-month-old baby was saved by former Derry City footballer Davitt Walsh who stripped to his boxer shorts and swam 40 metres to take from her dad Sean who told Davitt: “Save my baby, save my baby.”
Books of condolence were opened last night in the Church of the Holy Family in Ballymagroarty and St Joseph’s Church in Galliagh.
Funerals for all five will take place at Holy Family Church on Thursday at 2 pm.
As it is Holy Thursday, their is no Requiem Mass. Instead, their will be a Liturgy Service for the deceased
Following the service, Sean, Mark, Evan, Ruth and Jodie Lee will be laid to rest in the City Cemetery.Tags: