THE heartbroken girlfriend of murdered Derry teenager Jordan McConomy has lovingly described him as the “perfect human being ever”.
Jordan, 19, died in Altnagelvin Hospital yesterday following a vicious attack in William Street around 2 am on Sunday morning.
Jordan is a former pupil at St Brigid’s High School in Derry.
He was in a relationship with devotged girlfriend Leah Kelly, a native of Trim, Co Meath who now lives in Derry.
Devastated Leah posted a picture of the couple on her Facebook page with the touching message: “The most perfect human being ever, love of my life x.”
News of the death sparked an outpouring of grief on social media with people saying that two families had now been left devastated
One close friend paid tribute to the teenager on Facebook, saying: “Still can’t get my head round what’s happened. You were an absolute gent, a legend, a best friend, love ye Jordy fly high bro.”
Another friend of Mr McConomy’s family posted: “God rest u son u were a credit to ur mummy, daddy, brother and sister.”
An 18-year-old man remains in custody at Strand Road police station in the city beinq questioned about Jordan’s senseless murder.
Detectives from PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch have until lunch time today to either charge or release the suspect pending further inquiries over the brutal assault.
Officers can also apply to a judge at the local Derry courthouse for an extension to his detention in custody.
Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Boyce of the PSNI Serious Crime Branch is still appealing for witnesses to the incident to contact police.
He said: “We know that many people were socialising in William Street early this morning and we would like to hear from members of the public who witnessed an altercation in the area between approximately 1:45am and a 2:15am to get in touch with detectives at Strand Road on telephone number 101, quoting reference number 228 of 24/9/17.
“Police would particularly like to hear from motorists who were either parked on or travelling along William Street during these times and who had a dash cam fitted to their vehicle.
“Alternatively, information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
SINN Féin’s Elisha McCallion has expressed her condolences following the murder of Jordan.
The Foyle MP said: “The city woke to the sad news that a young man lost his life in an incident in the city centre last night.
“My thoughts at this time are with the family and friends of this young man who will no doubt be devastated at this tragic news.
“There is a great sense of shock and sadness in the community following this death.”
Ms McCallion added: “I would call on anyone with information on what happened to bring it forward to the PSNI.”Tags: