Three teens killed in horror St Patrick‘s disco crush pictured

Lauren Bullock and Morgan Barnard, both 17, and Connor Currie, 16, , County Tyrone. 

Earlier today, tributes were paid to talented Gaelic Footballer Connor, a student at St Patrick’s Academy in Dungannon.

Edendork St Malachy‘s GAA club said in a statement: “As a club and community, we are deeply saddened and devastated to hear of the tragic passing of our much loved and highly thought of player and member Connor Currie.

“Connor will forever be remembered with the greatest affection by all associated with our club and indeed the wider Edendork community.”

Messages were also left for cheerleader Lauren Bullock. 

VICTIMS: Connor Currie, Lauren Bullock and Morgan Barnard tragically died (Pic: FACEBOOK)

Euphoria Allstar Cheerleading group wrote: “Euphoria are absolutely devastated to say we lost one of our senior athletes Lauren Bullock in the tragedy in Cookstown last night.

“My heart is broke writing this. You where the most down to earth, beautiful soul and our Coral team will never be the same without you. You where an incredible cheerleader and where the back bone of our team.

“I honestly cant put into words how much you will be missed. Thank you lauren for giving me the pleasure of coaching you all this time.

“Fly high our beautiful girl.”

Lauren was a student at St Patrick’s College in Dungannon, and Principal Catherine McHugh described her as “a beautiful girl, a shining light in our school community”.

INVESTIGATION: Police are looking into what happened at the hotel (Pic: PA)

She added: “She gave generously of her time and talents. She was a leader among her peers and a quiet strong and loyal presence. 

“A treasured friend and capable young lady with a bright future.”

Morgan’s aunt wrote on “What should have been a brilliant day to be celebrated. 

“I’ve woken up this morning I find out my nephew, my own lovely 17 year old nephew was killed last night in such a freak accident. 

“I’ve honestly never felt this kind of pain before.”

Another tribute to him reads: “He was such a great lad, great manners and always had a smile for everyone. RIP Morgan.” 

Police issued an appeal to parents to “collect your children immediately” as mayhem broke out around 9.30pm. 

VITAL: Police have appealed for any video footage of the incident (Pic: TWITTER/)

One youngster said he was taken off his feet and had other people on top of him for around 20 minutes.

Another reported seeing paramedics providing CPR in the aftermath. 

This morning, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton urged people with footage of the incident to hand it in to police. 

He said: “Our preliminary investigations show there was a crush towards the front door of this hotel, and in that crush people seem to have fallen.

“There seemed to be a little bit of struggling going on to get people up off the ground and that might explain also why there was a report of some fighting.

“At least one person has reported that they were assaulted.

“We are of an open mind… it looks like a crowd of young people, a large crowd, pushing up against the front of the hotel to get in to this event.”

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