Girl Found Dead At Boyfriend's Grave

Monday 2nd August 2004

By Gemma Murray - Newsletter

The girlfriend of suicide victim Michael McComb was found dead yesterday at her boyfriend's grave.

Fiona Barnes from Divismore, west Belfast, was found yesterday morning at the City Cemetery 11 weeks after her boyfriend - brother of joyriding victim Debbie McComb - took his life.

Police are not treating the teenager's death as suspicious.

Michael McComb's mother, Mary, last night said: "Fiona was like a daughter to me. She was like a wee kitten. This is too much because Michael died 11 weeks ago on Tuesday. We were all so close to her.

"Fiona only became 18 on Tuesday past and had everything ahead of her."

Her body was discovered by a man out walking his dog.

Fr Sean Gillen, who administered the last rites, said: "This morning we had 9am Mass in St John's and we prayed in a very particular way for Fiona and for her family, conscious they were getting this terrible news on a Sunday morning. The church is always reaching out to people in difficulty. We do feel the pain of people going through these tragedies."

Sinn Fein councillor Marie Cush said the Barnes family was devastated.

"The whole community is in shock at what has happened. My deepest sympathy goes out to the Barnes family as does the thoughts and prayers of everyone in the community at this tragic time."

Debbie McComb, 15, was killed by a stolen car on the Springfield Road in Belfast in March 2002.

Belfast man Henry Christopher Marley, 20, from Colinward Street, was jailed for nine years for dangerous driving.

He also received a three-year sentence for theft, which will be served consecutively.