Belfast Telegraph

Family and pupils mourn star student David Shrestha

Scenes of heartbreak as David (14) laid to rest

By Cate McCurry

There were heartbreaking scenes at the funeral of Co Tyrone star pupil David Shrestha who died at the weekend.

David (14) was found dead at his home in the Bush area of Dungannon on Saturday morning. Tragically, the teenager took his own life.

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

Students from David's school formed a guard of honour as his coffin was led from St Anne's Church in the town after the funeral service. He was then laid to rest at Tullanisken Parish Church, in nearby Newmills.

Addressing the mourners, and in particular David's friends and peers, Rev Andrew Forster said: "What David did is never, ever the right answer. It is never, ever the right thing to do. You look around this church, you saw in the school yesterday, in the halls last night or if you visited the home, you have seen the devastation that is here and that will show you that this is never, ever the answer.

"And I know that if David could see 1% of the heartache and pain that has been left, he would never have done this. If he had even seen an iota of one person's pain.

"There are many people to help you, to support you and love you.

"We are in fellowship together, we are together in this and together in this we will get through.

"Today is a very dark day for all of us, but I wanted to tell you that today the light shines in the darkness, the light of Christ is here.

"David is a child of God and he is now in the embrace of his heavenly Father. I want him to be here today, but he is with God and we trust him into the hands of God."

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

A post on the school's Facebook page said yesterday: "Today is a very sad day when we say goodbye to our David Shrestha. David was a determined, fearless, respectful and respected young man who always gave everything.

"We will all miss this little 'star' but we have so many happy memories of him. We must all work together to deal with this tough time, in our teams and with our friends.

"Always remember the good times we shared with David. Our thoughts and prayers are with (his parents) Abraham, Kate, (and siblings) Jono, Grace and Sarah.

"David, we are so proud of you and everything you achieved. You had so much more in front of you and you have gone too soon. Love from us all at RSD Rugby."

Meanwhile, a post on Dungannon Rugby Club's page spoke of sadness in the wider community 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. His beautiful smile will always be with us."

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