A DRUMQUIN family has been struck by tragedy for a second time after a 14-week-old baby girl died suddenly in England last month.
Little Kasey-Leigh Enos was taken back to the village for burial by her parents, Charlene and Philip, in a poignant ceremony held on Saturday.
She was buried alongside her uncle Killian Doherty who was tragically killed with Maurice McCloughan from Fintona in a double road traffic fatality on the A5 Doogary Road outside Omagh in December 2016.
The little baby’s grieving grandmother, Carmel Doherty, told the UH that she hoped her son would now be able to take care of the niece he had never got the chance to meet.
“Kasey-Leigh’s parents wanted to bring her home to be with Killian,” she said.
“It was the only thing I could do for them. This was my chance to show my love for my daughter and grand-daughter. Kasey-Leigh and Killian are now together forever.
“I know he’ll look after her because he had a great time for children. He’ll be able to keep his arms around her for eternity.
“You never want to bury a child, never mind a grandchild and I thought the next person going into Killian’s grave would be me.
“But I’m happy that Kasey-Leigh is with him.”
Kasey-Leigh’s funeral Mass was celebrated by the parish priest of Drumquin, Fr Kevin Mullin.
Just weeks ago, Kasey-Leigh participated in her pram at the second 10k Memorial Run in the village for her uncle.
Carmel Doherty said the family deeply appreciated the support which they continued to receive from the Drumquin community and the sensitive help of the funeral director, Charlie Lynch.
“The support that myself, Charlene and everyone got means the world to us,” she added.
“Many of Killian’s friends came to Kasey-Leigh’s wake and funeral. That showed what he meant to them and they’re still in contact with me every day.
“Kasey-Leigh was over here at the time of the Memorial Run for Killian a few weeks ago.
“She was always smiling and brought a real ray of sunshine in our lives. There was such great excitement when she was born because she brought us new hope after what happened to Killian.
“It’s so sad now seeing my own child going through what I experienced. There’s nothing any of us can do or say to fix the broken heart of a mother who loses a child.”