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Death of young mother Caoimhe Lavery comes as further blow to McComb family

Caoimhe Lavery, who died suddenly at the weekend.
John Monaghan

A WEST Belfast family hit by multiple tragedies has been dealt another blow after the sudden death of a young mother-of-two.

Caoimhe Lavery (21), who was engaged to Dean McComb, died suddenly at her home in the Springhill area of west Belfast on Friday night.

The McComb family, from Ballymurphy, have been one of the families most affected by suicide in Ireland.

Mr McComb's mother Mary, whose husband Jim (49) died of a heart attack in 2012, has suffered the loss of four of her 10 children - one a victim of car crime and three to suicide.

Wayne McComb (26), a father of two young children, was found dead at his mother's home last March.

His death came three years after his brother Gavin, an 18-year-old All- Ireland boxing champion, took his own life.

In 2004 Michael McComb also died at the age of 18 in similar circumstances.

At the time his family said he found it difficult to cope after the death of his 15-year-old sister Debbie, who was killed in March 2002 when she was struck by a stolen car on the Springfield Road in west Belfast.

Miss Lavery was buried in Hannahstown yesterday morning following Requiem Mass at Corpus Christi parish.

She had celebrated her daughter Maddison's first birthday a week ago and was also mother to two-year-old Jaden.

Miss Lavery danced with a troupe called Rapture, as well as Urban Funk Crew, and had won multiple awards for her performances.

The Irish News understands that a second woman also took her own life in west Belfast at the weekend.

Suicide awareness campaigner Philip McTaggart said it was time for political representatives to act and welcomed the fact that a Stormont taskforce to tackle the issue had met.

"To see MLAs and community representatives discussing a way forward, in addition to meetings between agencies in west Belfast, were very positive moves.

"The suicide rate is continuing to rise and we cannot wait until after the election. We are calling for a strategy to be implemented as quickly as possible."

* If you are or someone you know is in distress or despair, you can contact Lifeline on 0808 808 8000.

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