There were heartbreaking scenes at Gaelscoil Longfoirt this afternoon where a service was held to remember Jessica Jeeti (10).
Jessica died alongside her mother Pat and two family friends after a car accident close to Bunbrosna on Saturday morning.
Teachers, pupils and parents gathered with Jessica’s uncle, Evan, and family friends at the school to commemorate the little girl’s life earlier today.
“We are gathered here to remember Jessica who was a vibrant, fine, smart, bubbly and popular girl at our school,” Principal Yvonne Ní Mhurchú said.
Fr Brendan Sullivan who officiated proceedings, pointed to sorrow of her classmates and to the important role that they played in Jessica’s family. “Jessica’s class were like her little family,” he added. “It is important to have a place of welcome and a sense of belonging and her class here was part of that.”
Described by her teacher as “playful, fun loving, musical and artistic”, the talented 10 year-old was firmly on the minds of all those who gathered to celebrate her short, but enriching life. “Jessica really valued her friendships and she had great friends; she cherished her friends dearly,” the teacher added.
A candle was then lit in memory of the little girl and handed to Jessica’s Uncle to bring to the family home. The service was attended by over 100 people who heard Fr Brendan conclude by saying, “Our life is a gift of God; it is measured not in years, but one day at a time. Yesterday is gone never to return; tomorrow is not assured, only today is ours”.
Jessica Jeeti is survived by her father Jim, brothers Geoffrey, Jamie and Jack, extended family, relatives and friends. May she Rest in Peace.