The Derry City and Strabane District Council building has been lit up in red tonight in memory of Ryan McBride and the Buncrana Pier tragedy victims.
Foyle MLA Elisha McCallion made the announcement earlier today, saying that the council would memorialise the Derry City Captain, who lost his life last night.
This memorial also marks the first anniversary of the death of Sean McGrotty, his sons Mark (12) and Evan (8), the boys’ grandmother Ruth Daniels and her teenage daughter Jodie-Lee.
"To mark the first anniversary of the Bunranna pier tragedy and also remember another son of the city who passed away yesterday I have got agreement from council to light up the council building red tonight.
"We will always remember you. Rest in peace," said Elisha, in a tribute on Facebook.
The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Alderman Hilary McClintock also expressed her sadness at Ryan's sudden death.
“I was very shocked to hear of the sudden passing of such a talented and dedicated young man who devoted his life to football and to his beloved Derry City FC team. It’s a hugely sad day for the people of the city and region. I have heard so many moving tributes to Ryan today about what a quiet and modest young man he was who was worked hard on the field for his team and was a fantastic role model for young people. I would like to express my sincere condolences to his family and friends at this very difficult time.”
The City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival launch scheduled to take place tomorrow, Tuesday, 21 March at the Whittaker Suite in Derry has been cancelled as a mark of respect.
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