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‘Leave us alone’ – Sixmilebridge family horrified at being falsely linked to UK COVID-19 death

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*Sixmilebridge. Photograph: Joe Buckley

A Sixmilebridge family are horrified with misinformation being spread online stating that their relation was one of the UK’s youngest fatalities from COVID-19.

Conor Wilmot died by suicide in May 2017 following a twisted internet game, Blue Whale. In a double tragedy for the family, Conor’s father Greg died in September the following year.

Now members of the Wilmot family have been disgusted following the publication of misinformation online. Pictures of Conor have appeared on online articles claiming that he is Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab who was the first thirteen year old boy in the United Kingdom who is known to have died COVID-19.

Ismail was buried without the immediate presence of his family as they are in self-isolation.

Posting online, Melanie Wilmot outlined her frustration at pictures of her younger brother being used in such fashion. “We’re devastated that they can do this, frankly had enough just let us be and leave Conor alone”.

She appealed to people to report such content if they came across it. “I have well and truly had enough of the news and their crap,” she added.

If you have been affected by this article, help and support is available from the Samaritans on freephone 116123, or email jo@samaritans.org or Freecall Pieta House at 1800 247 247.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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