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Teen crash victim Christopher Martin laid to rest

By Allan Preston

Family and friends said goodbye yesterday at the funeral of Co Down teenager Christopher Martin, who died in a single-vehicle crash in Crossgar at the weekend.

The service was held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception and St Joseph Crossgar with interment afterwards in the Holy Family Cemetery, Teconnaught.

The young man from the Brackenridge area of Downpatrick, believed to be aged 19, died when his car left the Saintfield Road outside Crossgar in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He is survived by his mother, Anne Marie, dad Kieran, sister Hannah and brother Philip.

A family notice said his death was "very deeply regretted by his heartbroken mother, father, brother, sister, friends and entire family circle."

Mr Martin was known as a keen footballer, having played for the Patrician Youth Centre team in his younger years.

SDLP councillor John Trainor previously said friends had been left heartbroken by his death.

"It is terrible when anyone dies, but particularly so in such sudden circumstances," he added.

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