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'Our hearts are broken in a million pieces': Vigil held for teen found dead in Louth

A murder investigation has been launched.

cameron-24-390x285 Cameron Reilly Source: Facebook

Updated 9.25pm

TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN pouring in for Cameron Reilly, who was found dead in a field in Dunleer in county Louth over the weekend.

Gardaí are treating the 18-year-old’s death as murder and have appealed for information. A post-mortem concluded that Cameron died in “violent circumstances”.

The teenager was last seen in the vicinity of Ardee Road in Dunleer at about 12.30am on Saturday. His body was discovered at approximately 8am in Rivervale.

A vigil was held in the town this evening, with hundreds in attendance at the local church.

People who knew Cameron have been paying tribute to him on the Dunleer Parish Facebook page. Responding to the comments, his mother Tracy Glass thanked people for their kind words about her “beautiful son”.

“Thank you to each and everyone of you, ours hearts are broken in a million pieces,” she said.

Cameron was a first year Hospitality Studies student at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), whose president has also paid tribute to him. Dr Michael Mulvey said the college is “shocked and deeply saddened” by Cameron’s death.

“On behalf of the entire Institute, I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them.

Cameron was a popular and dedicated student and the tragic nature of his death has touched many, in particular his classmates and lecturers within the Department of Hospitality. The Institute will make every effort to support our students and staff affected by this tragedy.

Students who wish to contact DkIT’s confidential counselling service can visit the Counselling Centre on the first floor of the Faulkner Building, by calling 042 937 0247 or by emailing counsellor@dkit.ie.

The college’s chaplaincy and students’ union are also available to provide support. Students can contact the Student Services team by calling 042 937 0240 or by emailing studentservices@dkit.ie.

Looking for his phone 

Gardaí haved appealed to anyone who was with Cameron before he died, or has information about his movements on Friday evening and Saturday morning, to contact them.

Gardaí have also appealed to taxi drivers and bus drivers or anyone with dashcam footage recorded in the Dunleer area to make it available to them.

Speaking at Drogheda Garda Station yesterday, Inspector John O’Flaherty said: “We are particularly appealing for assistance from the public to locate Cameron’s phone, an Apple iPhone (64GB) with a green hard back cover, space grey in colour.”

He asked homeowners and business owners in Dunleer to “check their property, including wheelie bins and waste skips” for the phone.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Drogheda Garda Station on 041 987 4200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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