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Tuesday 12 December 2017

'I will always carry you in my heart' -- grieving mother's poem of love

THE grieving parents of murdered teenager Melanie McCarthy McNamara have left moving tributes to their tragic daughter at the area where she was shot.

Her parents, Melissa McNamara and Shaky McCarthy, left floral tributes at the scene overnight.

Some 19 bouquets with heartfelt messages were propped against a wall at Brookview Way.

An amber graveside lamp flickered among the flowers.

The parents of the murdered girl had placed the largest of the bouquets at the scene.

Their message was poignant but simple: "In loving memory of our dear daughter Melanie, lots of love, Mammy and Daddy."

Several friends left their own personal messages that were the basis of warm memories of the slain 16-year-old.

One group of friends wrote: "RIP Melanie. You will never be forgotten. Thinking of you always. We'll always remember St Patrick's Day 2011, the time we were walking around with red lipstick marks on our legs".

In a poem posted online, Melanie's grieving mum Melissa wrote: "I look at you and I do not see the passage of time. I see my little girl playing dress-up, running through the yard, playing on a swing... To me, you will always be my little girl. I may not be able to carry you in my arms anymore, but I will always carry you in my heart."

Tributes and mementos for Melanie have been growing steadily in number since news of her death emerged on Wednesday morning.

Close to 9,000 people have joined a Facebook tribute site set up in memory of the teen -- another tribute site set up by close friends of Melanie last night is also growing in numbers.

Lisa McCarthy wrote: "RIP barbie hope ur in heaven which I'm sure you are with all the other angels. So sad to take such a lovely girl and a precious life. Sleep tight doll -- thoughts and prayers with your family and friends xxxx

"Goodnight Angel -- sleep tight now," wrote another.

On the tribute page set up by friends, photos show carefree teenager Melanie enjoying her life with her loved ones and friends. She is smiling in each picture.

Hundreds of comments were posted condemning the acts of the gunman who fired two shots into the car Melanie was sitting in, hitting her in the head.

aokeeffe@herald.ie

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