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Tearful final farewell to Belfast boxer Manuel Caddell

By Staff Reporter

Grieving friends and family gathered at St Peter's Cathedral Church in west Belfast yesterday for the funeral of boxer Manuel Caddell who died last week in a car crash near Crumlin.

The 22-year-old west Belfast man left behind a young daughter, Mya, and partner, Roisin Farrelly.

Via social media, Ms Farrelly thanked the many people who sent messages of condolence, and shared her anguish at the loss of Manuel.

"Thank you everyone for your kind messages. My heart has been ripped apart," she wrote.

"Please Manuel, just let us all wake up and let this be a big dream.

"I don't know what I will do without you. You were my rock. You're with your daddy now, your best friend! ߒ?

"Me and Mya will be lost without you. Please give me the strength to cope!

"I love you forever.

"Until we meet again, my special angel."

Mr Caddell was buried at Milltown cemetery following the funeral Mass.

He had been a member of St Agnes' Boxing Club. Coach James Taylor said: "Manuel was a very talented boxer who will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him."

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