Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bereaved Families Come Together a Year on from Tragedy

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bereaved Families Come Together a Year on from Tragedy

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GRIEVING families who lost loved ones in the MH17 tragedy will give Barry Sweeney comfort as he marks the first anniversary of his son Liam's death. The 52-year-old travelled to the Netherlands to meet with other grieving families.

Today marks a year since the plane was shot down over Ukraine, killing all the 298 people on board. And to mark the milestone Barry, 52, has travelled to the Netherlands, where the flight began its journey, to be the other families of the victims.

The part-time referee said: "I've met with a lot of the families before and it brings a lot of comfort, knowing that they are going through the same as we are.

"It's good that we spent a bit of time together before the anniversary. "I just can't believe a year has gone by. In some ways it feels like just a minute ago when Liam left for the flight, yet sometimes it feels like a lifetime ago." One relative Barry will meet with is Dutch dad Hans De Borst - whose 17-year-old daughter Elsemiek was killed alongside her mother, stepbrother and stepfather in the disaster. …

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