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Tributes paid as GAWA remember Northern Ireland fan Darren Rodgers who died after fall at Euros

Tributes have been paid to a Northern Ireland fan on the one year anniversary of his tragic death after a fall in France during the Euros.

Darren Rodgers (24) from Ballymena died after an 8-metre fall from a wall along the seafront in Nice last June.

At the time the Northern Ireland team led tributes to the young man with striker Kyle Lafferty saying they have "lost one of their own".

Tragic news. Thoughts are with his family

— Michael McGovern (@mcgov12) June 13, 2016

On Monday, a year on from his tragic death, The Amalgamation of Official Northern Ireland Supporters’ Clubs paid tribute to the young man.

It said: "Today we are thinking of the family and friends of Darren Rodgers. Remembered by the GAWA."

Friends have been paying tribute to Darren online.

One said: "This time of year will always be tender for the rest of my days. They say time heals everything, but our scars always remind us, that's exactly the same as it is with you wee man.

"This year between your passing and now has gone in the blink of an eye and a lot of people along with me today and in the coming days will be feeling that sting in their hearts again knowing that this is the time that your infectious smile was removed from our lives.. in physical form anyway.... we always have our memories".

Another said: "To think it's been a year to this day you were taken from us mate, still has not sunk in and probably never will, but I know you're up there looking down over us all, keeping us safe. Not a day goes by were I don't think about you, thinking what a great friend you were and how in my heart you always will be."

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