Belfast Telegraph

Heartbroken White family bid a tearful farewell to tragic school girl Caitlin (15)

By Allan Preston

Hundreds of mourners gathered in Newry on Wednesday to say a final farewell to tragic school girl Caitlin White.

Crowds of young people waited out the church of the Assumption ahead of the tearful service.

Caitlin took ill in Corcrain Community Woodland at the weekend.

Emergency services were alerted at around 6pm on Saturday.

She died shortly after being rushed to Craigavon Area Hospital.

Detectives investigating her death have now arrested three teenagers, and following searches officers recovered a quantity of suspected Ecstasy.

Yesterday afternoon a 15-year-old male was arrested and was taken into custody for questioning. He was released on bail on Wednesday morning pending further policy enquiries.

Two other males, aged 19 and 17, were arrested on Monday evening and have since been released on bail while the enquiries go on.

Police have continued to appeal for information and warned the community of the dangers of drugs.

Craigavon Senior High School pupil Caitlin had been out with friends who regularly gather at Corcrain Community Woodland.

Speaking on Monday, her devastated mother Teresa told the Belfast Telegraph: "My heart is broken for ever.

"She was my world and they took her away from me."

Caitlin had been due to take a GCSE exam on Monday.

The school announced the test would go ahead as planned and that it would be providing support to pupils.

It has been reported that Caitlin was particularly fond of creative subjects and had started work on a new art project last week.

"This is a tragic loss to the pupil's family and to our school community," a statement from her school said. "In response, the school has implemented a plan which will give pupils the opportunity to talk through their thoughts and feelings with trained staff from the Education Authority critical incident response team. "A letter will be sent by the school to parents, informing them of this tragic incident and providing information on the support services available through the school."

Friends of the teenager have been leaving flowers and messages at the scene of her collapse in the wood.

Her funeral took place in Drumalane Church in Newry followed by burial in Cloughoge cemetery.

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