08 January 2006

Jordan Murdock: Drowning tragedy family still feeling the anguish

Sunday Life

Exclusive by Stephen Breen
08 January 2006

**See also Final Farewell

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Jordan Murdock

THE heartbroken mother of an Ulster schoolboy who was swept out to sea two years ago, says her family is still struggling to come to terms with their loss.

Carrie Murdock opened her heart to Sunday Life on the second anniversary of son Jordan's drowning.

The mum-of-four from Killough, Co Down, told how her family's grief has been compounded because Jordan's three young sisters, Carrie and Eliza-Joe, both seven, and Olivia, three, still believe Jordan will be coming home.

Time has not healed the family's pain.

"The longer it gets the harder it gets for our family, but it's especially hard for Jordan's three young sisters.

"His sisters are forever talking about him and they keep asking me when's he's coming back. The whole thing is heartbreaking.

"They know Jordan is in heaven and they have been asking me to phone God to ask him if we can have their big brother back.

"My daughters are just children and it's very hard for them to understand what happened, but they think that Jordan is a star in the sky and that he will come back to them some day."

The family's nightmare began on January 11, 2004, when the popular 14-year-old fell into the sea while playing with friends at the village's harbour.

Although hundreds of volunteers searched day and night along the coastline for the missing boy, his body was only found three weeks later, just 200 yards from where he'd disappeared.

The mum-of-four told Sunday Life of her family's despair over the last two years.

"People say time is a great healer, but the last two years of my family's life has been an absolute nightmare," said Carrie.

"It's not getting any easier and the only thing that helps me through it is prayer, and the support of my family and friends.

"Christmas was just like another day to us, but we had to try and make the most of it for Jordan's sisters. I really do think the longer it gets the worse it gets.

"I'm not looking forward to Wednesday because the memories will come flooding back... we just intend to spend the day at home.

"When Jordan fell into the sea we were just so busy with people trying to find him. But we've had more time to reflect in recent months, and we still find the whole experience hard to believe.

"The people of Killough were magnificent during the days Jordan was missing... we will never forget what they did for us."

• A Mass will be held for the teenager at St Joseph's Church, Killough, at 7.30pm, on Tuesday.

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