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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Hundreds gather for vigil to Ballymena school girl

The family of Dunclug College Pupil Brooke Reid McMaster (12), held a vigil in her memory earlier today in Ballymena.

Hundreds from the local Ballymena community gathered to pay their respects to Brooke after she tragically lost her life as a result of a house fire at her home on Staffa Drive in the Ballykeel area of the town on Wednesday

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Principle of Dunclug College, Ruth Wilson, spoke about Brooke saying: “Brooke played the piano, she sang in the choir, enjoyed her sport and showed such potential in all her studies – we can truly say that, in her short time as a pupil of our College, she made an impact in all the best ways. Her family are broken now, but I trust that lovely memories and underlying faith will become the oil of joy for mourning and that in time, we will all feel the richer for having known her.”

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Brooke’s Mother Martha and Grandfather Billy gathered with family, friends and wider community for prayer and to let off balloons in her memory, while a piper played.

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