THE heartbroken family of Louise Diver have blasted vandals who desecrated her grave as nothing but “low lifes”.
Much loved and much missed 20-year-old Louise, from Strabane, died in March 2015 after overdosing on prescription medication.
Family and friends are still trying to coming to terms with her tragic and untimely death.
Her mother, Caroline, discovered the vandalism when she visited her daughter’s grave last week.
Ornaments had been removed and decorative stones taken from her grave.
Her father, Davy Diver, told the Strabane Chronicle that it was difficult to understand how someone could steal anything from a grave.
“Caroline rang me in tears to tell me and I just couldn’t believe it when I saw it,” he said.
“Whoever did this, they are lowlifes and they need to catch a grip of themselves. I was devastated and shocked when I saw it but it has left Louise’s brothers and sisters in a bad way too.”
Parish Priest Fr Declan Boland said the incident was “beyond belief”.
“It defies comprehension that anyone would desecrate a grave, let alone that of a young girl whose life ended so tragically,” he said.
The family have now restored the grave and replaced the stones.