School pays tribute to 'much-loved' pupil Evan Cromie after sudden death
A Co Down school has paid a heartfelt tribute to a teenage pupil who died suddenly at the weekend.
Evan Cromie (12), from Newtownards, passed away on Saturday.
Clare Foster, the principal at Strangford College, where Evan was a Year 8 student, paid tribute to the "much-loved" schoolgirl.
"It is with great sadness that I have to tell you of the sudden death of Evan Cromie, a much-loved Year 8 student. Our students were informed about this by their form teachers this morning," she said.
"We are deeply saddened by this great loss but we are trying, for all the students’ sake, to keep the school environment as normal as possible. Our thoughts are with Evan’s family at this tragic time and the school community sends them its sincerest sympathy and support.
"Trained staff from the Education Authority Critical Incident Response Team are helping to support us through this difficult time and are available in school to support pupils as required."
A Go Fund Me page set up to raise money for Evan's funeral costs has garnered almost £2,000 in donations.
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