BEST BROTHER AND SON EVER; Friends and family pay tribute to tragic Philip killed by Garda car.
THE heartbroken family of tragic chess teen Philip Hogarty last night paid tribute to the "the best brother and son ever".
As they struggled to come to terms with his death, relatives posted tributes on the Bebo website, reading: "You will be forever in our thoughts and hearts."
Dozens of the 19-year-old's closest pals also flooded his web page with messages.
Gardai and the Garda Ombudsman are investigating how a patrol car struck Philip as he returned from New Year celebrations in Tallaght, Dublin, early on Tuesday.
He was put on a life support machine at Tallaght Hospital but died hours later.
His devastated family, who kept a vigil at his bedside, were yesterday too upset to talk but thanked the teenager's friends for their kindness.
Moving entries on his Bebo site praised him as a cherished friend and soulmate, without whom "the world is a sadder place".
One entry on the page was from close friend Lynsey Shovlin, who wrote of her love for the talented teen: "I will miss you more than words can describe, you were my best friend and knew me better than I knew myself.
"Life will not be the same without your smile... your ability to make everyone smile and become friends and the very loving hugs you always gave.
"You are always in my thoughts and I will miss you more than I ever thought was possible."
Pal Karl McPhillips wrote: "Hey man, thanks for being 1 of the best mates I ever had, sorry for not being able to say goodbye properly.
"Anyway hope you're having as much fun up there as you had here. We all miss you loads RIP."
Chess champion Philip, who lived with his family in Dromcarrra Avenue, Tallaght, was chairman of the Irish Chess Union and a member of the Rathmines Chess Club. Yesterday the club website paid tribute to him.
Stephen Stokes, vice-chairman of the union, also posted his message on the Bebo site: "Phil, you will be missed by all those who knew you. A Great Player, an Outstanding Chairman, but an Even Better Friend."
I will miss you more than words can describe, you were my best friend and knew me better than I knew myself - PAL LYNSEY SHOVLIN
Thanks for being 1 of the best mates I ever had, sorry for not being able to say goodbye properly - PAL KARL McPHILLIPS
TALENT: Philip Hogarty; POPULAR: Philip, left, with pals; SCENE: Philip was hit by car in Tallaght
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jan 3, 2008|
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