Grieving Losses

For years, an abundance of wonderful young dancers have graced the Belfast Flying Shoes dance floor with their energy, spirit, and joy. They are a gift to our community, and we grieve the recent tragic loss of two exceptional individuals who were among those dancers—Laila and Mika. On August 7, Laila Al-Matrouk died from injuries suffered in a cycling accident. This month, Mika McKinney died, eighteen months after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Both of these young women were talented, caring, hard-working, charismatic, joyful, and impassioned; they were bright lights in the world. Our deepest sympathies go out to their families and loved ones.

Laila Al-Matrouk
Mika McKinney