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Ireland Tragic teen who drowned in River Lee, Cork, named locally as Tomi Olukokun

00:25  12 october  2019
00:25  12 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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a person posing for the camera: Tomi Olukokun tragically died on Thursday © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Tomi Olukokun tragically died on Thursday

The teenager who tragically drowned in the River Lee on Thursday morning has been named locally as Tomi Olukokun. The 18-year-old was a second-year Computer Science student in University College Cork but was originally from Termonabbey, Drogheda. Tomi was an active member in University and was a committee member on the UCC Korean Society - having just been appointed as webmaster less than a week ago. 

A close family friend said that everyone is devastated after the tragic incident and they are all pulling together to support her loved ones. Carol McCabe told CorkBeo: "I was up with her mother last night and they are absolutely heartbroken. "She was home at the weekend and then headed back to Cork on Monday and she was fine, she ran her mam on the night at 8:30pm and she seemed fine and then this happened. 

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"She was a real happy girl, always said hello and very mannerly, her and her two siblings are just lovely. "We're a small community here in Termonabbey and everyone knows everyone so we are trying to help the family out as best we can.

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A Gofundme page has been set up to try and help the family and friends of Tomi after her tragic death with the hopes of raising €10,000. UCC have expressed their sympathy to the family and students are being offered help if they need it by the college. 

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A spokesperson for the university said: "UCC wishes to extend its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Tomi Olukokun. A second year computer science student, Tomi was a cherished member of our community. "UCC is providing support to her class mates and liaising with her family at this difficult time." 

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A post on Tomi's Gofundme page reads: "Losing someone you love is an experience that’s very difficult but it is comforting to have family, friends and a close community that are there to help and support them through this time of grief. We are reaching out to you to find it in your heart to make this goal a reality. Thank you for your kindness." 

You can follow and support the cause over on the website right here. Funeral arrangements for Ms Olukokun are expected to be released in the coming days. 

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