Mon, 27 Jan 2020

NEW YORK, New York - The family of the Irish student killed in New York earlier this week has flown to the United States.

Ciaran O'Boyle, 22, a student, was found unconscious outside a building on Tuesday night.

The New York Police Department said the young man was on a visit to the U.S. on a J1 visa.

Ciaran was taken to Woodhull hospital where he later died.

The New York Medical Examiner will investigate the circumstances of the young man's death.

A spokesperson for the NYPD said they did not suspect foul play.

"The male had trauma to his body consistent with falling from an elevated height. The investigation does not appear to be criminal and remains ongoing. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death," the spokesperson said.

Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs is understood to be providing consular assistance to the family.

Ciaran, from Clonguish, Co. Longford, was due to return home this weekend, after spending the past three months in the U.S.

He was educated at St Mel's College in Longford.

The New York branch of Longford GAA issued a statement saying: "The club would like to send their deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of Ciaran O'Boyle from Clonguish, following his sudden and tragic death here in NY. May He Rest In Peace."

The Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council Micheal Carrigy too issued a statement. "Unfortunately, this tragic accident took place prior to him coming home to his family at the weekend," he said.

"We want to extend our deepest sympathy to them at this very tragic moment for them in this time of their lives."

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