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Loved ones mark what would have been Noah Donohoe's 15th birthday

A memorial stone dedicated to Noah Donohoe, who would have turned 15 yesterday

Heartbroken relatives and friends of tragic teenager Noah Donohoe have marked what would have been his 15th birthday.

The south Belfast schoolboy died after going missing in north Belfast in June.

Yesterday his grieving mother Fiona posted a picture on Twitter of a memorial stone dedicated to her son.

The inscription on the tribute read: "If you can learn to ride a bike, blow a bubble and whistle, you can do anything. Noah Donohoe."

The campaigning mum also wrote a heartfelt message in memory of the talented teenager.

"My beautiful Noah reached his destination today on his birthday with the sun shining," she wrote.

Although it was unclear last night, it is believed the stone may have been placed at Cavehill Country Park, Noah's intended destination when he went missing.

Noah Donohoe would have turned 15 yesterday

Noah's remains were found by specially trained police officers in a section of storm drain in north Belfast six days after he went missing.

He had cycled to the area from his home in south Belfast and shortly before he disappeared was seen with no clothes on.

Prior to that he was seen falling off his bike on the Shore Road.

His death sparked an outpouring of public sympathy with hundreds of people taking part in the search to find him.

His mother Fiona is spearheading a campaign to keep her son's case in the public eye.

A former pupil at St Malachy's College in north Belfast, a wide circle of friends and family have been left crushed by his death.

Earlier this month images of the teenager were projected onto several landmarks in Dublin, including the GPO, City Hall and St James Gate.

It has also emerged that his loving mother wants to create a foundation in memory of her son.

A post-mortem examination found he died as a result of drowning and in August coroner Joe McCrisken said investigations are continuing.

He said his preliminary findings were that there was no evidence that Noah had been attacked, and no evidence that any other person had been involved in his disappearance and death.

Dozens of messages were left on social media yesterday to mark Noah's birthday.

Fiona McCleery wrote on Twitter: "Beautiful words for a beautiful boy. The sun always shines when Noah is guiding you Fiona. Sending you strength, love and big hugs. I hope Noah is holding you tight."

Diane Boyle tweeted: "My heart breaks for you today and every day Fiona . May God give your strength."

Kit Regan added: "Beautiful words for a beautiful boy.

"Im sure that was so heartbreaking for you to do today Fiona."

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