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Funeral held for north Belfast schoolboy Aaron Fox (16)

The funeral of Aaron Fox at Holy Cross Church in north Belfast. Picture by Hugh Russell

THE funeral took place yesterday of north Belfast schoolboy Aaron Fox following his sudden death last week.

Mourners gathered at his family home in the Ligoniel area of the city before Requiem Mass at Holy Cross Church, Ardoyne.

Family and friends of the teenager paid an emotional farewell to the 16-year-old, who was remembered as a "talented" schoolboy.

Dozens of pupils from St Malachy's College, where Aaron was a popular year 12 student, were among those who gathered to pay tribute.

The teenager was found dead at his home on Wednesday.

A lantern and balloon release ceremony was held at Falls Park over the weekend to mark his passing.

Thousands of people have also paid their respects to Aaron on social media with many describing their shock at his sudden death.

More than 2,000 Facebook users have joined an 'RIP Aaron Fox' page to remember the teenager and offer condolences to his family.

Aaron's older brother Ryan is among family and friends who have described their loss in tributes online.

"Such a strong person, no one should leave this world at 16 especially due to suicide," he said on Facebook.

"I love you wee man, shine bright in the sky for us cause (sic) we'll need all the help and guidance we can get."

:: If you or someone you know is in distress or despair, call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000. The helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also access the Lifeline website at www.lifelinehelpline.info More information on looking after your mental health and the support which is available across Northern Ireland can be found at www.mindingyourhead.info

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