Man questioned following death of Co Down teenager

Conor Robb (16) from Castlewellan died suddenly on Christmas Eve
Conor Robb (16) from Castlewellan died suddenly on Christmas Eve

AN 18-year-old man has been questioned on suspicion of murder following the death of a teenage boy in Co Down on Christmas Eve.

The teenager, who has been named locally as Conor Robb (16), was found dead in his home in Castlewellan.

The PSNI last night confirmed detectives were "investigating the death of a teenage male in the Castlewellan area on Sunday".

A police spokeswoman said: "An 18-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail pending further enquiries".

It is understood a postmortem examination was due to be carried out to establish how he died.

A former pupil at St Malachy's High School in Castlewellan, he lived with his family in the Newcastle Road area of the town.

Friends of the teenager, who paid tribute to him on social media, described their devastation at his sudden death.

One friend said his death was "so sad...especially for a mother on Xmas (sic) Eve", while another said his death was "so heartbreaking", describing Conor as her "most favourite person ever, and bestest friend, love and miss you".

Another friend also said he was "completely heartbroken" by his death.

"Never a dull moment, always had a smile on your face - hope you’re keeping her lit mucker, rest easy," he added.

A friend also wrote that it was "so hard to believe" he had died.

"You were always there for me when no one else was you are always going to be my brother even though we fell out at times we never could break that bond we had," he wrote.

"Have known you seven years and that's enough time to realise you were the best and still the best keep smiling and watching over us.

"Hope to see you again mate actually so hard to believe your gone, seen you yesterday but not today, only found out you passed away I will never forget the times we had even if they were good or bad.

"Rest in peace Conor. I love ya (sic) with all my heart always going to be my brother till the end."