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Tyrone village in mourning as tragic schoolgirl Elle is laid to rest

By David Young

Grieving family and friends gathered at the small parish church of St Mary's, Killyclogher yesterday for the funeral of tragic Elle Trowbridge, who died suddenly earlier this week.

The teenager - a pupil at Drumragh Integrated College in Omagh - was found dead at her family home in the Co Tyrone village on Monday.

She was the second young woman from Killyclogher to die in tragic circumstances in the past month. Just two weeks ago, a funeral was held in the same church for Amy Gordon (18) who died suddenly on Good Friday.

Rev Daniel McFaul CC officiated at yesterday's requiem mass for Elle.

A lone piper played a lament as her white coffin was taken from the church, followed by a cortege of mourners.

'On her soul sweet Jesus have mercy', read a notice placed by her family in Funeral Times. Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last night, local councillor Joanne Donnelly said Elle's death was the third tragedy of its kind in the past year in Omagh.

"The whole community is in shock," she said. "It's just so, so sad, and desperately tragic.

"My heart goes out to her poor family.

"None of us can possibly understand the grief they must be going through at the moment."

The popular schoolgirl was a keen equestrian, and had experienced success as a member of Drumragh Showjumpers - being named top senior area showjumper last November.

On social media, Elle's pals shared their grief at the loss of their friend.

Pal Hollie Quinn said: "You're at peace now, Ells, we love you. Rest easy. Very special send off for a very special girl".

David Clarke wrote: "Words can't describe how much she'll be missed". Ellie Moore-Devine posted: "Sleep tight, my angel".

Following Elle's tragic death this week, Drumragh Integrated School posted contact numbers for Lifeline and ChildLine on its website.

Elle is survived by her mother, Mandy, stepfather Gavin and siblings Connor and Cian.

Her family requested that donations in lieu of funeral flowers should be made to Zest Healing the Hurt, a self-harm and suicide prevention charity.

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