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Devastated family prepare to lay tragic teen Caolan Page to rest

By Brendan McDaid

The funeral of tragic teenager Caolan Page will take place in his native Londonderry tomorrow.

The 19-year-old St Columb’s College student will be laid to rest at the City Cemetery following mass at Culmore Parish Church in Thornhill at 11am.

His remains were released to his family on Tuesday afternoon following a post-mortem examination in Belfast.

Detectives investigating the circumstances surrounding his death were last night continuing to study the results.

Caolan was found with head injuries at around 2am on Saturday in the Magazine Street area, beside Derry’s Walls.

He was transferred to Altnagelvin Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Sunday.

Speculation has been rife over whether his injuries were sustained in a fall or as the result of an attack.

Caolan lived with his mother and stepfather on the Donegal side of the border village of Killea.

Fr Michael McCaughey from the Three Patrons Parish in Derry said yesterday that Caolan’s family had been left devastated their loss but were taking heart from the support they have received.

He said: “I have been with the family and they are very distressed. They are going through a lot of pain and heartbreak.

“Caolan was a fine young fellow in the prime of life. He was loved by his family and was doing very well as St Columb’s College.

“The family have cherished the support they have received from both the community here, and in Killea and at the school.”

Upwards of 6,000 people have expressed their condolences to the family through a special Facebook page.

Fr McCaughey added: “The pain and grief has touched so many people and there is a great sense of loss among people who loved Caolan.

“People are lost for words.”

Detectives are understood to be continuing to examine CCTV footage from the area where Caolan was found.

They have also interviewed a number of potential witnesses about what happened in the area of Magazine Street in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Caolan’s teachers and classmates from St Columb’s College on Buncrana Road are expected to join the funeral procession on Friday.

As a mark of respect for Caolan and his family, the grammar school’s junior prizegiving ceremony this week was postponed until late November.

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