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'There are no words' - School community rocked by death of second pupil in space of a week

St Patrick's College in Dungannon has described pupil Fabian Dabrowski Dos Santos as one of the kindest young people you would ever meet following his death.
Paul Ainsworth

A SECONDARY school in Co Tyrone has said "our hearts are sore" following the second death of a pupil in the space of a week.

St Patrick's College paid tribute to Year 11 student Fabian Dabrowski Dos Santos.

The tragedy follows the death of 15-year-old Matthew McCallan, a Year 12 pupil, whose body was found in the Fintona area on Monday.

In a statement posted to social media yesterday, St Patrick's College described Fabian Dabrowski Dos Santos as "a lovely boy, gentle and caring", saying "our hearts are sore" over the death days after the loss of fellow 15-year-old pupil Matthew McCallan".

"Sometimes words are just not enough," a school spokesperson said.

"He was one of the kindest young people you would ever meet. Fabian thought of others before himself and he always made sure that others were ok- it was just his nature. This stood out about Fabian since he joined us in Year 8 - he took others under his wing and was such a good friend. Fabian enjoyed football and was a keen and competitive gamer and he loved to draw and refine his skill.

"To Fabian’s mummy, step father, two younger brothers and extended family, we extend our heartfelt sympathies. Please keep his family, friends and school community in your thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. May Fabian’s gentle soul rest in eternal peace."

Earlier, police said they attended the scene of a sudden death of a 15-year-old boy in Dungannon's Foxborough area yesterday. A PSNI spokesperson said "enquiries are ongoing".

Dungannon Aontú councillor Denise Mullen said the latest death has "put a real blanket of sorrow over the community".

Earlier this week, St Patrick's College spoke of its school community being "devastated" over the death of Matthew McCallan. A search had been launched for the teenager on Sunday after he went missing following a music event in Fintona on Saturday night. His body was found on Monday in the Tattyreagh Road area of the village.

The Police Ombudsman has been asked to investigate the initial police response after the teen was reported missing in the early hours of Sunday.

The double tragedy for the school comes less than three months after the death of popular former Spanish teacher Séanna Corr who died following an illness.

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