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Monday 11 December 2017

Heartbroken fiancee's video tribute to limo crush victim

GRIEF: YouTube film shows tragic dad playing with his children

THE grieving fiancee of a father-of-two crushed to death by a limousine in a horrific incident near his home has posted a moving tribute to him on the internet.

Tragic Bill Stafford's fiancee Liosa put the video on YouTube, three months after he was killed in a horrific incident in Dundrum.

Meanwhile, gardai investigating his death have sent a file to the DPP.

The file was forwarded by detectives, although no suspects have yet been arrested.

The YouTube video, set to Shane McGowan's song You're The One shows Mr Stafford at home and on holiday with his young children.

The tribute is accompanied by emotional messages from friends, including one reading: "We all miss u so much pal. You will always be in our hearts and minds forever, u were a legend of a man in every way booster. You will never be forgotten".

Mr Stafford (28) died on November 8 last year after he was struck by the limousine that had been parked at Clonard Lawn.

The incident happened in front of a group of friends who watched in horror as the accident unfolded in the early hours of the morning.

Gardai spent months piecing together the tragic events that led to Mr Stafford's death. He was believed to have been out with friends and was returning home on a Sunday morning when he passed a Ford Scorpio limousine at around 2.30am.

Shouting

The vehicle had been parked in the housing estate in recent weeks and local youths had been able to drive it.

A local witness said at the time: "There were noises like shouting, and when I looked out there was an ambulance and gardai.

"The car seemed to be jacked up at that stage. It was like his pals had got jacks from where ever they could to lift the car off the man. It is a terrible tragedy."

It is understood the car began to move off, Mr Stafford fell under the wheels and was pulled up the road.

Gardai arrived at the estate at around 2.45am and Mr Stafford was rushed to St Vincent's Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The driver of the car was uninjured.

The Bishop of Ferns Denis Brennan was among the mourners who turned out for Mr Stafford's funeral.

The chief mourners were Mr Stafford's fiancee Liosa McNamara and the couple's two children Joseph and Mary, his father Liam, brother Eoin and sister Ruth.

Bishop Brennan, who is a friend of the Stafford family, said there were "no words to describe" how they felt and he hoped that they would find some comfort in the support of neighbours, relatives and friends.

The chief celebrant Fr Brendan Purcell said Mr Stafford had been like a "sun surrounded by a circle of planets".

mlavery@herald.ie

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