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Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

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Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

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Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

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Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

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Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

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Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

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Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

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Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016  Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

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Mourned: Aaron Fox

Mourned: Aaron Fox

Funeral of Aaron Fox held in the Holy Cross Church on April 18, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

The funeral has been held for Aaron Fox - who died in tragic circumstances last week.

The 16-year-old St Malachy's pupil from Ligoniel was found dead at his home on Wednesday.

Thousands have paid their respects to Aaron on social media and a lantern release ceremony was held to mark his passing.

He was described as a "budding chef and gifted pupil".

Mourners gathered at his parents Paul and Sarah's Thornberry Hill home on Monday before the funeral service at Holy Cross Church, Ardoyne.

On her own social media channel, Aaron's heartbroken mother Sarah thanked everyone who had sent their messages of condolence, sympathy and support in recent days.

"I just want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all your kind words throughout the day.

"As you can all imagine we as a family are totally heartbroken," she posted.

Among the many heartfelt messages of sympathy was one from Joanne Coney, who wrote: "Sarah God love you.

"I can't get you out of my head. My heart is broken for you.

"God bless you and your entire family - your wee son was beautiful.

"Keep you in my prayers God Bless xxx."

Belfast Telegraph