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Cookstown: You were just met with her smile - friend's tribute to Lauren Bullock

Lauren Bullock was described as a "ray of sunshine"
Mairead Holland

LAUREN Bullock was described yesterday as a "ray of sunshine" as friends of the Donaghmore teenager struggled to come to terms with her death.

Alice Lambert (17), from Coalisland, said the bright and bubbly cheerleader lit up the lives of her friends.

Alice, who went to Scouts with Lauren a couple of years ago, said: "She was such a nice person - she was like a ray of sunshine.

"She made you happy, you saw her on a night out and she would have made you happy."

Alice wrote a personal message in the book of condolence at the Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre in Cookstown.

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She said: "The moment I found out I was completely broken down.

"Greenvale was a complete shock to everybody and came out of nowhere and it really hurt me and for one of my friends to be affected by it - it just kills you."

The South West College student added of her friend: "She was really fun, really bright.

"She was a lovely person, a really nice person, it is really bad that she is gone."

Lauren was wearing a green football jersey lent to her by one of her best friends when she went to the Greenvale Hotel.

The 17-year-old had gone to Cora McKay's house on Saturday night for the jersey which she planned to wear on St Patrick's night.

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Paying tribute to her, Cora told the BBC: "You were just met with her smile. That was one of the first things you saw about her.

"She was one of the bubbliest people you could meet. She was just amazing."

Lauren, a pupil at St Patrick's College in Dungannon, has also been described by principal Catherine McHugh as a "shining light".

A member of the school's Pope John Paul faith team and Rosary prayer group, she was also a leading member of the Euphoria Allstar Cheerleading NI team.

She is survived by her parents Martin and Mary and brothers Shane and Ryan.

Her Requiem Mass will take place at 11am on Friday in St Patrick's Church, Donaghmore.

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