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Noah Donohoe dad: The son I never met

Tragic teen’s father tells of his anguish and how hopes of meeting son helped him recover from US gun attack

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Emmanuel Djakpa

Emmanuel Djakpa

The photo of Noah Emmanuel  says he always carries with him

The photo of Noah Emmanuel says he always carries with him

Emmanuel with his nephew Tyler

Emmanuel with his nephew Tyler

Emmanuel recovering in hospital after being injured in a near-fatal US shooting

Emmanuel recovering in hospital after being injured in a near-fatal US shooting

Noah growing up in Belfast

Noah growing up in Belfast

Noah growing up in Belfast

Noah growing up in Belfast

Noah growing up in Belfast

Noah growing up in Belfast

Emmanuel Djakpa

The father of tragic schoolboy Noah Donohoe has spoken for the first time of his grief at the death of the “cherished, precious son” he never got to meet.

Emmanuel Djakpa (41) broke down as he recalled hearing how the body of the 14-year-old was recovered in an underground storm drain in north Belfast six days after his disappearance led to one of the biggest missing person searches in Northern Ireland’s history.

Mr Djakpa, who is currently recuperating from a near-fatal shooting incident in the United States, also revealed that what had been aiding his recovery was focusing on the day he would finally get to see, in person, the boy who “brought magic into my life”.