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Shrestha family heartache as funeral held for Tyrone schoolboy David

Published 12/09/2016

The funeral of the Royal School Dungannon pupil David Shrestha takes place in Dungannon on the 12th September 2016. David Father Abraham carries the coffin with mum Kate in background. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
The funeral of the Royal School Dungannon pupil David Shrestha takes place in Dungannon on the 12th September 2016. David Father Abraham carries the coffin with mum Kate in background. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
The funeral of the Royal School Dungannon pupil David Shrestha takes place in Dungannon. David's mum Kate. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
The funeral of the Royal School Dungannon pupil David Shrestha takes place in Dungannon. David's father Abraham carries the coffin. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The funeral of the Royal School Dungannon pupil David Shrestha takes place in Dungannon. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
The funeral of the Royal School Dungannon pupil David Shrestha takes place in Dungannon. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
The funeral of the Royal School Dungannon pupil David Shrestha takes place in Dungannon. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
The funeral of the Royal School Dungannon pupil David Shrestha takes place in Dungannon. Father Abraham carries the coffin. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Brother Jono and Father Abraham carry the coffin at funeral of the Royal School Dungannon pupil David Shrestha. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
The funeral of the Royal School Dungannon pupil David Shrestha takes place in Dungannon, Brother Jono and Father Abraham carry the coffin. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
The funeral of the Royal School Dungannon pupil David Shrestha takes place in Dungannon on the 12th September 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Rev. Andrew Forster at the funeral of the Royal School Dungannon pupil David Shrestha in Dungannon on the 12th September 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Brother Jono and Father Abraham carry the coffin at funeral of the Royal School Dungannon pupil David Shrestha in Dungannon. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Sad loss: David Shrestha

The funeral has taken place at St Anne's Parish Church, in Dungannon, of schoolboy David Shrestha who died at the weekend.

David (14) was found dead at his home in the Bush area of the town.

The PSNI said its officers attended the sudden death on Saturday morning.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious," a spokesman said.

A Year 11 student at the Royal School, David was a talented sportsman excelling at rugby and swimming, and was popular among his peers.

David was laid to rest at Tullanisken Parish Church, Newmills, following the funeral service.

The Royal School said in a statement: "Our thoughts and prayers are with David's family at this difficult time."

It opened yesterday afternoon, where staff and counsellors were available to talk to pupils upset by the tragic news.

All school rugby activity on Saturday morning was cancelled as a mark of respect.

A post on the school rugby club's page said: "We learned today (Saturday) of the passing of RSD pupil David Shrestha Y11. Our thoughts and prayers are with David's family at this difficult time."

Other Royal School sports clubs echoed these sentiments, while the Royal School Dungannon Parent Friends and Teacher Association also paid respects to David and his family on Facebook.

Its post said: "The PFTA group extend their most sincere condolences to the Shrestha family on the loss of their wonderful son and brother David."

Meanwhile, a post on Dungannon Rugby Club's page spoke of sadness in the wider community outside the school as well.

"All at Dungannon RFC would like to extend their sympathy to the Shrestha family at this sad time.

"The family is well-known at Dungannon and David will be sadly missed in the blue and white. The family is in our thoughts and prayers."

Many tributes have been paid to the teenager on social media, with one woman commenting: "Devastated to lose such a talented, beautiful, caring young man. My thoughts and prayers to the entire family circle and friends. His beautiful smile will always be with us."

A man commented: "RIP David, the boys are shocked and heartbroken, they thought very highly of David, thoughts are with all of David's family and friends at this very sad time."

Ulster Unionist MLA Rosemary Barton described it as a heartbreaking time in the local area. "My deepest sympathies go out to the Shrestha family and all friends and staff at the Royal School, Dungannon," she said.

David is survived by his parents Abraham and Kate, and siblings Grace, Jono and Sarah.

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