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Sudden death of schoolgirl Gaenor Thompson leaves town in shock

By Nevin Farrell

A town was in shock last night following the sudden death of a popular teenage schoolgirl.

Dozens of tributes were paid on social media after the death of Gaenor Thompson from Bangor, who was believed to have been aged just 16.

She was a pupil at Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College.

Principal Matthew Pitts said in a statement last night: "A Year 12 student at our school died tragically over the weekend.

"This is a tragic loss to the family and to the entire school community.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

"Additional support from the Education Authority will be provided for all students and staff."

Mr Pitts added that staff and students would be informed this morning and parents will receive a letter outlining the situation "along with advice and support available if required". Details of how the teenager died have not yet emerged.

There has been an outpouring of grief on social media.

It was the second tragedy to rock Bangor inside a few days, following the death of five-year-old Katie Grace Bogle who was knocked down on Thursday.

DUP councillor Wesley Irvine said he understood Gaenor was from the Kilcooley area of town.

"We are shocked and saddened at the death of a young girl and our thoughts and prayers are with her family who are trying to deal with her sudden passing," he said.

Ulster Unionist councillor Carl McClean said: "It is horrific news, very bad news, more tragedy in a very short space of time in the town.

"This is now the second tragedy of a young person in Bangor in less than a week and obviously our thoughts and prayers are with the families."

Independent councillor Noelle Robinson said: "It is terrible, so tragic, very sad."

A special Facebook page was set up in memory of Gaenor.

One person wrote: "Seeing everyone's wall posts and comments and status is really heart-breaking.

"We all miss you Gaenor, she'll be looking down on everyone and reminding you every day how much each one of you meant to her. Rest in peace."

Another post said: "Heart goes out to all of her family and friends as well as her boyfriend Craig. Gone but never forgotten."

Another message read: "Can't believe you're gone! You'll never be forgotten beautiful x."

Another Facebook message said: "Another angel taken too soon."

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