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Tributes paid after sudden death of Co Tyrone teen Michael McComb

Found dead: Michael McComb
Found dead: Michael McComb
Donna Deeney

By Donna Deeney

Tributes have been paid to a teenage boy whose body was found in a house in Sion Mills on Sunday evening.

The 19-year-old’s remains were removed from New Street in the Co Tyrone village and taken to Belfast, where a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

The teenager, who has been named locally as Michael McComb, has been described as a “lovable rogue”.

Paying tribute to Mr McComb, Sion Mills youth worker Andy Patton said: “I have known Michael for around 10 years and I can say I was devastated to hear he had passed away.

“Michael was a popular young man among his peers and his many, many friends in Sion Mills have been left shocked and broken-hearted.

“He has taken part in a number of different youth projects with me and was a lovable rogue.

“Michael loved life, he was a real livewire.”

Mr Patton continued: “The first time I met Michael was shortly after he moved into the village around 10 years ago.

“I had a lot of time for Michael. I was with him at different times and enjoyed his company.

“It is incredibly sad that Michael has passed away at 19 years of age — a life lost.

“I was with some of his friends and his girlfriend in the hours after his death and they are all beside themselves with grief.”

Mr McComb’s funeral will take place tomorrow at 2.30pm in James McMullan and Son funeral home, with interment in Ballymoney Cemetery.

Ulster Unionist Party councillor Derek Hussey said: “Everyone in Sion Mills has been shocked to hear of the sudden death of this young man.

“I share the community’s shock and want to extend my condolences to his family and friends.”

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