Tributes paid to crash victims

Floral tributes at the spot on the Agivey Road in Kilrea were two friends Chris O'Neill and Declan McKenna were killed on Saturday morning.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
Floral tributes at the spot on the Agivey Road in Kilrea were two friends Chris O'Neill and Declan McKenna were killed on Saturday morning.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.

DEPUTY First Minister, Martin McGuinness has led the tributes to the two young men tragically killed in a car accident in Kilrea at the weekend.

The men, named locally as Christopher O’Neill and Declan McKenna, were involved in the incident involving a blue BMW M3 car on the Agivey Road shortly after 3.30am on Saturday morning.

It is believed the vehicle may have hit a tree and then burst into flames.

Christopher was a rising figure in Sinn Fein and chairman of its Kilrea branch. He stood unsuccessfully for a seat on Coleraine Borough Council in the 2011 local government elections.

His grandfather John Davey, who survived Michael Stone’s attack at Milltown Cemetery in 1988, was a Sinn Fein councillor before he was murdered by loyalists in 1989.

Meanhile, Declan’s uncle, Noel McKenna, was a former SDLP mayor of Derry City.

The pair, who both attended St Paul’s College, had been returning home from a night out when the fatal crash occured.

Leading tributes the Deputy First Minister expressed his shock at the deaths: “Declan McKenna and Christopher O’Neill were close friends and died together in this tragic accident. Republicans in County Derry and beyond are deeply shocked at this terrible news.”