Actuary student Patrick Halpin from Loughrea, Co. Galway died on a trip with the DCU drama society to see West End Shows. Hisbody was discovered after he was missing for nearly two days, in an “enclosed area” of a Burger King restaurant in Leicester Square. He was last seen by his friends when he left Zoo Bar in Leicester Square just after midnight and was seen going in the direction of the neighbouring Burger King. He is 18 years of age.
His family have paid tribute to the people who have helped them in their search for Patrick on social media and also to the London Metrolpolitan Police for their work.
Police said they had CCTV footage of Patrick in Burger King and said also that his body was found in an “enclosed area” of Burger King. In a statement they said: “At this early stage officers believe he may have gained access to the roof of the restaurant before being discovered on a lower, usually inaccessible, roof area,”.
Patrick’s sister Regina Ni hAilpin had travelled to London alongside their father Paddy to help search for Patrick.
Regina tweeted a quote from composer Irving Berlin reading, “Your song has ended, but the melody lingers on”.
Other tributes included John Skelly, chairman of Kilnadeema/Leitrim GAA club who said Patrick will be in the thoughts of all club members in Croke Park today where the club is taking part in the Intermediate Hurling Championship final.
He said: “Patrick will be our 16th man tomorrow. We’ll do it for Patrick tomorrow.”
May you rest in peace Patrick and my thoughts and condolences are with his family at this sad time.