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Home at last: Sad final journey of four of the Berkeley tragedy students

NewsBy Karl Doyle
Gardai escort the hearses from Dublin Airport
Gardai escort the hearses from Dublin Airport

The saddest journey of all took place today as the remains of four of the six Irish students who tragically died in the Berkeley balcony collapse arrived home at Dublin Airport.

The bodies of Eimear Walshe (21) Eoghan Culligan, (21) Niccolai Schuster (21) and Lorcan Miller (21) arrived home in Dublin on an Aer Lingus flight this morning following a special service at St Columba's Church in San Francisco, where hundreds turned out to mourn them.

Their devastated families also travelled on the same flight.

The hearses carrying the remains of Eoghan, Lorcán and Eimear left the airport together, but Niccolai’s family spend some extra time together before they left the airport.

A ceremony will take place for Eoghan Culligan (21) from Rathfarnham, today.

The remains of Olivia Burke are expected to be brought home on a later flight from San Francisco.

Last night, four of the families issued a statement thanking everyone, in the United States and Ireland, for their sympathy and support.

Seven injured students remain in three hospitals in San Fransisco this weekend.