Belfast Telegraph

Sad farewell to little Leon Carlisle who died in tragic accident in Belfast

By Cate McCurry

Hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of an 11-year-old Belfast boy who died suddenly.

Leon Carlisle's family and friends gathered at Corpus Christi Church in the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast yesterday.

The young pupil was found dead in his west Belfast home last Wednesday night.

A white horse-drawn carriage carried the small white coffin as it made its way from the youngster's home to the church for Requiem Mass.

His devastated parents and younger brothers followed closely behind the hearse before they said their final goodbye to Leon, who they said "loved life".

Leon had recently started at St Mary's Christian Brothers' Grammar School and was a past pupil of Holy Trinity Primary School.

Hundreds of messages of support have been left for his family since his tragic death.

The young boy's relatives paid tribute to him online, saying that he "loved life" and that he had "loads of friends".

The youngster's school also paid tribute to the popular student. It said: "It is with great sadness that the St Mary's CBGS community has learnt of the sudden death of Year 8 student Leon Carlisle following a tragic accident at his home.

"Leon was a popular Year 8 student and his loss will be sorely felt throughout the whole school and wider community.

"The thoughts and prayers of the St Mary's community are with his family at this sad time."

Friends and family described Leon as a "brilliant kid".

The tragic schoolboy is survived by his parents John McNaughton and Lisa Carlisle and brothers Sean and Logan.

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