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Aspiring teen DJ discovered dead in bed laid to rest

By Claire McNeilly

Family and friends have said a final goodbye to a tragic teenager who died in a flat in Belfast just after Christmas.

Mourners gathered for Gerard Robert Hall's funeral which was held at St Agnes' Church in the west of the city yesterday at 10am.

His remains left his home at Cavanmore Gardens at 9.30am ahead of Requiem Mass which was led by Fr Thomas McGlynn, the parish priest.

He was laid to rest immediately after the service in Glenalina (Belfast City) Cemetery.

The 19-year-old martial arts practitioner was discovered lifeless in a bed at an address in Avoca Court on Upper Springfield Road on December 29.

His family have denied his death was drugs related, saying he died of natural causes.

Mr Hall's friend Sean Darragh described the aspiring DJ as a "down-to-earth" guy who "never had a bad word to say about anyone".

"We will all miss him so much and we can't believe he is gone," he said.

Sinn Fein councillor Steven Corr said the death was a "hard blow" to have hit the entire west Belfast community

"The thoughts and prayers of everyone in this community and far beyond are with this grieving family," he said.

"This loss is all the more tragic having occurred at Christmas, which is supposed to be a time for joy and happiness."

Although too distressed to speak publicly about his death, Mr Hall's family dismissed a drugs connection.

It came as police warned of the dangers of mixing drugs after several young people in Belfast died over the Christmas period.

Mr Hall is survived by his mother Donna, stepfather Sean and brothers Daniel, Brendan and Anthony.

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