The mother of a young Derry man killed in a road traffic collision was last night said to be devastated.
Ciaran Feeney (21) from Tamnaherin will be laid to rest following Requiem Mass at St Mary’s Church, Faughanvale at 11am on Wednesday.
Ciaran is believed to have been returning home on foot from a night out at Slaughtmanus Gaelic Athletic Club, where he was a member, when he was struck by a car.
The accident happened along the Glenshane Road, close to the junction with Drumahoe Road at 1.50am on Sunday.
Local priest Fr Patrick Mullan said Ciaran’s mother Marie was left shattered, while it is understood the young man’s brother, who had been living in Australia, was last night making his way home for the funeral.
Fr Mullan said: “It is terrible, dreadful. Everyone is stunned. I have been in contact with his mother and she is devastated.
“He lived with his mother and she depended on him so much. He was a very, very good son to her, very supportive. He was due to go on holidays in the coming days as well.”
SDLP Councillor for the area Jim McKeever, meanwhile, said everyone’s thoughts and prayers were with the popular young man’s family.
“The community is in a state of shock,” he said. “This is news no family would want to get. Too many young people have been killed like that.”
Police have appealed for anyone who was in the area at the time of the accident, anyone who witnessed the collision or anyone who saw a young man wearing a grey hooded top and blue jeans walking along the footpath or road to contact them on the non-emergency telephone number 101.