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Death of Belfast teen Katie Nicole Ballentine leaves Shankill stunned

By Allan Preston

Tributes have been paid to a Shankill teenager who died suddenly at the weekend.

Police are investigating the sudden death of Katie Nicole Ballentine after her body was discovered in a house at Crimea Court in north Belfast on Friday. Her death is not being treated as suspicious.

Last night pals shared social media messages in memory of the former Belfast Girls' Model pupil. Among the many messages, Lindsay Morrow wrote: "So sad - everyone needs to know no matter what there's always someone to talk to - and the next day is always a better day."

Ms Ballentine's funeral will take place from her home on Wednesday and afterwards to Roselawn Crematorium.

Casey Beattie posted: "Fly high babe. I can't believe this. Taken far too young. Wouldn't have met a nicer person than you. Sleep tight gorgeous. Forever in my heart. I'll always remember the laughs we had."

Damien Mathers added: "R.I.P Katie Ballentine, my heart breaks for your family and friends. Can't imagine how much pain they are feeling right now. Stay strong everyone, she's watching over you all."

Young people in the Shankill have been urged to seek support after Katie's death.

Stunned community workers appealed for struggling young people to reach out. Greater Shankill ACT said it had been "rocked by another death of a young person".

"Our thoughts go out to our close friend and his family circle who have lost a precious young girl," it added.

If you are affected by any issues in this article, call the Samaritans on 116123 or Lifeline on 080 8808 8000

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