Northern Ireland

Death of teenager Caolan Page in Londonderry investigated

Caolan Page
Image caption Caolan Page was a student at St Columb's College

Police are examining CCTV footage to try to find out what happened to a teenager who died after he was found unconscious on a road in Londonderry.

Caolan Page, 19, from Upper Kildrum in Carrigans, County Donegal, was discovered in Magazine Street in the early hours of Saturday.

He had serious head injuries and was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital, where he later died.

A post-mortem examination is to be carried out on Tuesday morning.

Mr Page was an A-level student at St Columb's College in Derry and had wanted to become a vet.

It is understood he had gone out with friends on Friday night and had become separated from them. It is possible that he was attacked or that he fell from the city walls.

Police said they had "obtained CCTV images from the surrounding area and are studying footage to determine what happened.

"While these lines of inquiry are being progressed, detectives are still very interested in talking to anyone who may have information about the incident.

"Police are particularly keen to speak to people who saw a man collapsed in Magazine Street around 2am on Saturday or who were in the Waterloo Place area around the same time or who came into contact with Caolan."

The principal of St Columb's College, Sean McGinty, said Caolan was a student of tremendous talent and potential.

"Our thoughts at this time are with Caolan's parents, grandparents, extended family and many close friends who have suffered such sudden and traumatic loss," he said.

"We would ask that you keep Caolan's family and friends in your prayers at this difficult time.

"May Caolan rest in peace."

Foyle DUP MLA Willie Hay said the death was an "awful tragedy".

"People have been contacting me to express their shock at what has happened.

"Our thoughts and prayers are very much with the family at this time.

Image caption The teenager was found lying in Magazine Street

"There are people out there who know exactly what happened.

"I would appeal to them, irrespective of what information they may have, to come forward so police can find out what happened to this young man."

Messages in tribute to Mr Page have been posted on a social networking site.

Mr Hay appealed to people to wait for the findings of the police investigation before commenting on the circumstances of the teenager's death.

"There are so many rumours out there about what happened.

"It does not help the family. I would ask people that until police have pieced together what did happen, not to spread rumours."

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