Final Berkeley funeral takes place as Lorcán Miller is laid to rest

Final Berkeley funeral takes place as Lorcán Miller is laid to rest

THE final funeral for the victims of the Berkeley tragedy has taken place in Dublin this afternoon.

Medical student Lorcán Miller was laid to rest in a private ceremony attended by his heartbroken family.

Before his burial, hundreds attended the funeral service at Rathmichael Parish Church in Shankill, Dublin.

The 21-year-old leaves behind his heartbroken parents Ken and Sinéad and his younger siblings Jamie, Lucy and Poppy.

His is also survived by his grandparents on both sides, Stanley and Ruth Miller and Michael and Maura McKenna.

During the funeral Ken Miller revealed a postcard that his first-born had recently sent from Berkeley, which arrived at the family's Dublin home on day the tragedy which took his life.

In a moving homily, he went on to speak of Lorcán’s positivity and bravery.

“Lorcán was an extrovert who loved life and wasn’t afraid to try anything,” his devastated father revealed. “He was incredibly positive and threw everything he had into everything he did, from academics to sport to even the dedication for making cocktails for his new job at Bubba Gump’s restaurant.”

Lorcán lost his life last Tuesday, June 16, when the balcony he was standing on at an apartment in Berkeley, California, collapsed, sending him and 12 other students 40 feet to the ground.

Six died in total – with the other five buried in separate funeral services earlier this week.

Tributes have poured in for Lorcán in the days since his untimely death.

One of his oldest friends, Katie Wolahan, wrote a moving tribute to him on her blog.

“We used to walk down by Shankill beach and pass two huge seafront houses,” she wrote. “He was going to buy one, I was going to buy the other, and our kids would grow up as best friends.

“Ideally, two of our children would fall in love, and we’d have a few mutual grandchildren.

“He promised that if I asked him to be a bridesmaid at my wedding, he would wear a dress, or at least a matching suit.”

Lorcán's heartbroken family asked for privacy, as they took him from the local church for a private burial service.