TWO heartbroken families will lay cherished loved ones to rest today in Derry.
Hundreds of people are expected to attend the funerals of a teenager and a toddler who died a week apart in the city.
Kayden McLaughlin-McGuinness will be the first to be laid to rest.
The three year-old boy .was found dead at his home in the Bogside almost a fortnight ago.
The PSNI launched an investigation after the discovery of his body at the family home in Colmcille Court on Sunday, September 17.
Kayden’s remains were released to his family on Thursday night following the conclusion of a post mortem examination .
A 23-year-old man arrested last Saturday in connection with the toddler’s death was later released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Requiem Mass for Kayden will be held at St Columba’s Church in Long Tower at 10 am.
He will laid to rest afterwards in Derry City Cemetery.
A short time later relatives and friends will solemnly gather for the funeral of Jordan McConomy.
He died following an assault in the city centre in the early hours of last Sunday morning in William Street..
The 19-year-old’s remains will leave his home, 99 Rosnagalliagh, at 12.15 pm for 1 pm Requiem Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Galliagh.
His remains will be interred in Ardmore Cemetery immediately after the Requiem Mass.
An 18-year-old arrested over his death following an “altercation” in William Street was released from police custody on Wednesday afternoon pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.
The death of the former St. Brigid’s College pupil sent a shock-wave through the local community.
Family members and friends used social media to convey their anguish.
Girlfriend Leah Kelly has been left devastated at his death.
She posted on Facebook: “The most perfect human being ever, the love of my life x.”
One of Jordan’s friends said: “Jordan you were one in a million and you were taken from us far too soon.
“I am going to miss your smile – it’s impossible for me to put into words what you meant to me.”
Another friend posted: “Rest in peace Jordan, you were one of the nicest boys there ever was.”
In a statement released on Friday night, the North West Regional College said:
“The Governing Body, Management, Staff and Students of North West Regional College wish to offer sincere condolences to the family and friends of our student Jordan McConomy following his sudden and tragic death.
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the McConomy family at this time.”