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Friend skydives to help fund family's fight for dead son

PUBLISHED: 12:28 04 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:55 07 September 2010

A FRIEND of a Golders Green student who died in Germany three years ago has taken to the skies to raise money for an investigation into his death. Andy Glyn leapt from a plane in a sponsored skydive last Thursday on the fifth anniversary of J

Katie Davies

A FRIEND of a Golders Green student who died in Germany three years ago has taken to the skies to raise money for an investigation into his death.

Andy Glyn leapt from a plane in a sponsored skydive last Thursday on the fifth anniversary of Jeremiah Duggan's death.

The cash he raised will help the Justice For Jeremiah appeal.

Mr Duggan was studying in Paris in 2003 when he travelled to Germany to hear speeches by radical group the LaRouche Organisation.

His body was found in the middle of a motorway in Wiesbaden.

German authorities say he committed suicide but Mr Duggan's friends and family disagree.

Mr Glyn said: "I was at university with Jeremiah in Paris so I knew him before he went to Germany. The suggestion he was depressed is an absolute nonsense.

"He was a really outgoing guy. He loved music and was really popular with lots of friends and an active social life. He was just a fantastic person to know."

Mr Duggan phoned his mother Erica on the night of his death saying he was in trouble. Hours later, his body was found.

For the past five years, Ms Duggan has campaigned for a new investigation into what happened.

She has painstakingly searched for evidence and hired her own experts to investigate.

Now she claims to have evidence disproving the German verdict and is demanding a reinvestigation into her son's death.

But to fund the campaign she has had to spend thousands on legal fees - relying on donations from the public.

Mr Glyn added: "I wanted to do a parachute jump anyway so I thought it would be a great opportunity to raise some money for the campaign as well.

"I think what happened to Jeremiah was awful and I think it is an absolute disgrace that nothing has been done to investigate it sooner.

"Five years have passed since he died and there hasn't been any proper investigation. Something has to be done. Someone needs to co-ordinate all of this together and have a real, full investigation."

Mrs Duggan is due to present a petition to Downing Street calling for a reinvestigation today (April 3).

She said: "Justice is justice no matter if you are rich or poor and no matter whether you die here or abroad.

"All we want to know is what happened to Jeremiah.

"Let's uncover the dangers that may have caused this terrible death of a very popular and compassionate young man."

o To donate to the fund, write to The Jeremiah Duggan Memorial Fund, BM Jerry, London, WC1N 3XX,

or log on to www.justicefor

jeremiah.com.

katie.davies@hamhigh.co.uk

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