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Man takes his life at partner's grave

A HEARTBROKEN young man who could not live without his girlfriend after her sudden death ended his own life in the cemetery where she was buried.

Gillian Bradley (25) died unexpectedly last Friday night after she collapsed at her community hall while attending a variety show in Adamstown, Co Wexford.

Yesterday it emerged that her devastated boyfriend, Julian Rothwell, ended his life with a shotgun in the cemetery where his girlfriend was buried less than 24 hours earlier.

It is the second tragedy to hit the Adamstown cemetery, where it is understood that another young woman from Enniscorthy ended her life on the grave of her grandmother in the 1990s.

"There is a dark cloud over the area and we are all praying for the families affected by this tragedy," a neighbour said.

Hundreds of sympathisers had gathered at Gillian's funeral Mass in St Abban's Church on Tuesday.

Yellow flowers spelling the words 'daughter' and 'sister' delicately surrounded Ms Bradley's grave where her inconsolable sisters held an all-day vigil yesterday.

Pink and red roses, white lilies and a ceramic angel surrounded the plot with a small wooden cross.

Gillian's two younger sisters, Lynn and Chloe, sat by her grave yesterday in disbelief. They were too traumatised by the events to speak.

"My mam is down in the house and she is in bits. It's been awful," one of the sisters said.

They described how their grief was already unthinkable before Mr Rothwell's death.

Both young people who died were from the Adamstown area.

It is understood Mr Rothwell, in his twenties, entered the cemetery shortly after lunchtime yesterday. Gardai took possession of a shotgun at the scene.

Officers attended the scene after they were alerted by passers-by and Mr Rothwell's remains were removed to the nearby hospital for a post mortem examination. By 4pm, family members and friends, had arrived at the cemetery.

The cause of Gillian's sudden death has not been disclosed, but it was completely unexpected and has shocked her family.

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