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We can't understand tragedy of teenager Conor Robb's death, mourners told

By Angela Rainey

Mourners yesterday paid their final tributes to Co Down teenager Conor Robb who died on Christmas Eve.

Family and friends of the 16-year-old, who died suddenly at his home, packed into St Patrick's and St Joseph's Church in Ballykinler for Requiem Mass.

In his homily, Fr Robert Fleck said: "Life is precious. For a young man to lose his life at 16 years of age is a tragedy.

"We cannot understand the reasons for such events, but we have to look through the eyes of faith when these traumas occur.

"It was all too short a life.

"I believe that the good deeds in his life will be rewarded by the merciful father."

Fr Fleck revealed that Conor had recently told his grandmother Mary that he loved her and how he was pleased to be her grandson.

He said: "It is not easy for anyone so young to share their emotions. Who knows how good he may have turned out to be?"

Mr Robb was later buried at the adjoining church cemetery.

After Conor's death, an 18-year-old was initially arrested on suspicion of murder but released without charge following a post-mortem which ruled out foul play.

A former pupil of St Malachy's High School in the town, Conor played Gaelic football for Castlewellan GAC and then Aughlisnafin GAC and was a keen Celtic supporter.

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