Parents’ ‘inexpressible grief’ after teen daughter dies during school graduation

The parents of a teenage girl who died after she suddenly fell ill at her graduation ball have spoken of their “inexpressible grief”.

Jessica Moore, 19, collapsed in the early hours of yesterday morning after she told friends she felt unwell.

Shocked friends called an ambulance but despite the efforts of paramedics she was pronounced dead in hospital.

Last night, her devastated parents posted a tribute to the popular teen from Bullaun, Loughrea in Co Galway, reports Irish Mirror .

The posted a statement alongside funeral arrangements that said: “To the inexpressible grief of her heartbroken parents Brendan and Catherine.

“Cherished and much-loved sister of Cian & Ali.

“Sadly missed by her devoted grandparents Stan and Laura Moore, forever remembered by her uncles, aunts, uncles-in-law, aunts-in-law, cousins, extended family, neighbours & her many, many friends.”

Jessica’s sister Ali Moore paid tribute to her sister with photos of them together just hours before she died, saying: “The greatest. I’ll never be the same without you.”

Police have launched an investigation into the death of the teenager.

The youngster had been at her school’s Debs (graduation) at Gullane Hotel, in Ballinasloe, before she fell ill.

A source said: "Jessica took ill sometime after 2am, she said to her friends that she wasn't feeling well and then collapsed."

A Gardai (police) spokesman said yesterday: “Statements will be taken from other students at the event and anyone else that came in contact with Jessica.

“CCTV at the venue could also form part of the investigation.

“Clearly this is a horrific tragedy, the postmortem will answer the question what she died from so at the moment everything is just speculation.”

Jessica was a student at St Raphael’s College in Loughrea and yesterday principal Paul Cafferky paid a warm tribute to her.

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