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Community shock as Northern Ireland schoolboy John Joe Toner (10) passes away

A community has been left devastated after a 10-year-old boy passed away after suffering a suspected heart attack.

John Joe Toner collapsed at St Malachy’s Primary School in Ballymoyer, Co Armagh last Thursday morning, it was reported.

He was rushed to hospital in Belfast but sadly died on Tuesday evening.

Tributes have been paid to the boy and his family on social media.

"The close knit communities of Clady, Ballymoyer and Whitecross have heavy hearts this morning as little John Joe Toner lost his battle for life last night," said one friend on a Facebook post.

"Our hearts are broke for John Joe's family and are prayers are now with his parents Cormac and Maria Toner, his brothers Michael and Daniel and entire family circle.

"Little John Joe was too young to die but God must have had another plan for him, he will always be in this community's heart. May he rest in peace."

"Fly high little Angel," said another in a tribute, "Precious child called home early."

A prayer service will be held in John Joe's memory and to support his family on Wednesday St Malachy's Church Ballymoyer.

Loughgilly Parish said: "Fr Murphy together with the people of the Parish and beyond wish to extend their sympathies and heartfelt prayers to Maria, Cormac and all the Toner and McParland families on the sad passing of their son John Joe.

"The pray vigils that have been held will now be the greatest of comfort and support to all John Joe's family and friends in the coming days.

"May the Holy Family and the Divine Mercy Bless and comfort them in their tragic and sad loss."

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