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Funeral for sea victim
Hundreds of mourners paid their last respects
Hundreds of mourners paid their last respects
A County Down teenager who drowned after being swept out to sea last month had a love of life, a priest has told mourners at his funeral.

Father Kieran Whiteford was speaking during Requiem Mass for Jordan Murdock, 14, who fell into the sea at Killough pier on 11 January and was pulled under water by the current.

Hundreds of volunteers combed the shoreline for any trace of the teenager in the subsequent weeks.

His body was found off the County Down coast on Sunday.

Bishop

On Thursday, shops closed in the village as a mark of respect as hundreds of mourners attended the teenager's funeral.

His coffin was carried at various points on the journey to St Joseph's Church by family members and some of those who had taken part in the search.

Coastguard and lifeboat personnel were among those assembled outside the church and several coaches also brought friends and family from Belfast.

Jordan drowned after falling from a pier
Father Whiteford told mourners that Jordan had been a bright pupil, that he was adventurous and had a love of life.

He said the community was profoundly shocked at the tragedy.

Nearly two weeks ago, the Bishop of Down and Connor, Dr Patrick Walsh said Mass in the church and praised the efforts of all those who had taken part in the search for Jordan.

A woman walking her dog found the teenager's body last weekend, near an old sewage pipe a short distance from where the teenager had disappeared.

At the time Jordan's aunt, Mary Murdock, said the family had endured a "heartbreaking three weeks", but were glad Jordan had been returned to them.


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BBC NI's Julian O'Neill reports
"The priest said if there was any comfort for the family it was that the sea returned a body"



SEE ALSO:
Teenager's body identified
02 Feb 04  |  Northern Ireland
Life-saving ring 'removed'
12 Jan 04  |  Northern Ireland
Search continues for boy
19 Jan 04  |  Northern Ireland


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