Mum-of-one Amy Connor, 23, was on holiday in Ibiza with her sister Toni and cousin Alison when she was discovered unresponsive in her hotel room bed after getting back from the pool.
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Amy Connor, 23, from Coleraine, Co Derry, in Northern Ireland, had got out of the shower and into bed when sister Toni came in from the balcony to find her unresponsive.
The pair, who were staying at the Ibiza Rocks resort with their cousin Alison, had just returned to their room from the pool when tragedy struck on August 20.
Toni, 26, said the last couple of weeks have been a nightmare for the family, with Amy’s three-year-old daughter Kaliyah left without a mum.
But she said she’s received over 1,000 messages of support on Facebook with the local community and Ibiza hotel operators rallying round the family.
Bubbly Amy’s two sisters and friends plan to carry her pink coffin, encrusted with diamonds and engraved with the word ‘Princess’, at her funeral on Wednesday September 2.
Toni, who is currently looking after toddler Kaliyah, told BelfastLive how she found her sister.
She said: “We had been down to the pool and then came back up to the room for a while, so Amy got into the shower and then got into bed.
“I went and sat out on the balcony and ate some crisps and chilled and when I came back in, she was still in the bed…it was so surreal, it didn’t make sense. It was just such a shock.”
She went on to describe the difficulties of initially getting home following the tragedy, with she and Alison fly into Majorca, then to Dublin and home.
Toni, who is in her second year studying Journalism at Ulster University, said hotel staff were “incredible”, making them a priority booking and even paid for their cases.
“I had given them my card to sort our travel home and I told them I didn’t care what it cost just to get us home,” she continued.
The hotel operator had offered to fly them via London and pay for them to stay overnight but they “just wanted to get home as quick as we could”.
“They packed our cases, they looked after us giving us food and water, you name it they brought it to us, I was so gob-smacked at their generosity in our time of need.”
Going on to describe her tragic sister, she said: “Amy is the kind of person if you met her once you’d definitely remember her.
“She was very out there, she’s so friendly and outgoing and she knows everyone, so we have been overwhelmed by the amount of people getting in touch since the news.”
As well as messages on social media bunches of flowers and cards have been sent to the family’s house, with Toni admitting Amy was “friends with everyone”.
Amy leaves behind her little daughter as well as heartbroken parents Carol McKibbin and Arthur Connor, stepdad Campbell Kennedy, siblings Aaron John, Jean and Toni.
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“Amy was so kind, so bubbly she was always smiling, she loved to sing and dance in the car, I have millions of videos of Amy and she’s singing a song in nearly every one, she was just the life and soul of every party,” said Toni.
“Even if something bothered Amy, she wouldn’t let anyone really know it bothered her, she just got on with it.”
Amy, Toni and Jean “have always been with each other” and had video chats every morning.
Toni said the coffin makers told them they had “never made a coffin like it before and I thought that sounds right, Amy was one of a kind”.
“The girls are going to lift the coffin and we want to give her the best send-off possible,” she added.
Amy will be laid to rest at Ballywillan Cemetery, Portrush, after a service in her mother’s home in Castlerock at 1pm.
Family flowers only have been requested but have asked for donations in lieu if desired to The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.