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Book of Condolence to open in memory of tragic teenagers

30 August 2022
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr Sandra Duffy will open a Book of Condolence at Derry’s Guildhall tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday, in memory of the two local teenagers who tragically lost their lives following an incident at Enagh Lough on Monday evening.
 
16-year-olds Reuven Simon and Joseph Sebastian died after getting into difficulty whilst swimming with friends in the lough. The family, friends and wider community across Derry and Strabane have been deeply shocked and saddened by the tragedy and to allow the community to share their grief and condolences, a Book of Condolences will be available for the public to sign in the Guildhall from 4pm tomorrow afternoon.
 
Extending her heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the Simon and Sebastian families and to the wider Kerala community in the North West, Mayor Sandra Duffy said a cloud of grief hung over the city today as people tried to come to terms with the tragic loss.
 
Extending her sincere sympathy to the families and friends of Reuven and Joseph, the Mayor said her heart went out to those affected by their loss and they were in her thoughts and prayers.
 
“I hope that the Book of Condolence will give the families some comfort at this difficult time and would encourage people from across the city and district and beyond to  sign the book and send messages of support to the families at this difficult time.”
 
The Book of Condolence will be open for the public to sign from 4pm on Wednesday 31 August and from 9am to 5pm daily. For those who cannot sign the book in person in the Guildhall they can sign it online www.derrystrabane.com/mayor