Northern Ireland

Tributes paid to 'caring and beautiful' Derry teen after sudden death

Caitlin McLaughlin died on Saturday
Caitlin McLaughlin died on Saturday Caitlin McLaughlin died on Saturday

The funeral of a teenage girl from Derry who died suddenly is due to take place on Wednesday.

Caitlin McLaughlin (16), who was from the Skeoge area of the city, has been remembered as "caring and beautiful". She passed away on Saturday.

Her school, St Cecilia's College, posted a tribute online and said they were "deeply saddened by her loss".

In a post on social media, the school said: "In loving memory of Caitlin.

"Caitlin was a kind and gentle pupil, so it comes as no surprise that she had a wide social circle.

"She was loved by staff and pupils, each of whom held a firm belief in her potential.

"The entire school community is deeply saddened by her loss and our thoughts and prayers remain with her family and friends at this time."

Her former primary school, St Thérèse’s, Lenamore, also said "our entire school community is devastated to hear of the untimely passing of past pupil, Caitlin McLaughlin".

“Every member of staff remembers her as a kind, caring, beautiful and fun girl," the school said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this heartbreaking time."

Other tributes posted online described Caitlin as the "best and funniest girl" as well as the "most kindest person".

A death notice said she was the "beloved daughter" of Leeann and Seamus, and stepdaughter of Elsayed and Aisling.

She was one of nine siblings and is survived by seven, having previously lost her late brother Kyle.

Requiem Mass for the teenager is due to take place at St Joseph’s Church, Galliagh on Wednesday at 1.30pm followed by interment in the City cemetery.