Mystery over death

The scene of the attack at Magazine St.  91710JB78)
The scene of the attack at Magazine St. 91710JB78)

Mystery last night surrounded the death of a Derry teenager found unconscious in the city centre.

Derry man Caolan Page (19) died after being found unconscious with serious head injuries at Magazine Street in the early hours of Saturday.

The St Columb’s College student, who lived with his mother and stepfather near Killea, died at Altnagelvin Hospital on Sunday.

There were unconfirmed reports yesterday that the death was being treated as a tragic accident.

However, police confirmed that the investigation was continuing along several lines of enquiry, including the inspection of CCTV footage.

A police spokesperson appealed for anyone who was in the Magazine Street area and who may have seen Mr Page to contact detectives at Strand Road.

“Police are very interested in talking to anyone who may have saw him in the area of Waterloo Place, Waterloo Street making his way towards Magazine Gate at about 1.17am or who may have been in the area of Guildhall Square, Union Place or Lower Magazine Street around this time.”

A post mortem examination, which was due to take place yesterday, is now expected to be held this morning.

St Columb’s College Principal Sean McGinty yesterday led tributes to young man.

“It was with deep sadness and regret that we learned of the death of Caolan Page, a Year 14 student at St. Columb’s College – an able and hard-working student with tremendous potential. Our thoughts at this time are with Caolan’s parents, grandparents, extended family and many close friends who have suffered such sudden and traumatic loss.”

Shantallow Sinn Fein Councillor Tony Hassan, who worked closely with Mr Page’s grandfather, John Doherty from Galliagh, said the family was “devastated” by the loss.

“I’d like to express my deepest sympathy to the entire family at this very sad time.”

Donegal County Councillor Paul Canning said the news of the Mr Page’s death had been a bombshell for the local community.

“People are devastated at such a young life being taken,” he said. “It’s sad because of the uncertainty of what did happen. It’s terrible for the parents.”

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan said: “The death of this young man is a dreadful tragedy.”