Monday June 1, 2020

From a dream holiday to a living nightmare

Leanna Byrne’s cousin, Conor Flynn, was one of the young students injured in the balcony collapse in Berkeley last week. Here, she tells of her family’s desperate wait for news of his safety

21st June, 2015
Conor Flynn kept in touch while backpacking via messages and photos, like this one, on his Facebook page

Everyone will be there, save for the one we want home and safe. He’s 8,000 kilometres away in Berkeley, California, lying on a hospital bed.

It’s 6.30pm on the day of the Berkeley tragedy. My mother and I are driving in her car. The radio is off. No station will answer our silent plea for distraction, they’re too occupied with what we want to be distracted from.

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