Noah Donohoe’s family said his mother “always told him he was going to change the world” as hundreds of people gathered to pay tribute to the schoolboy.
The body of missing Belfast boy Noah Donohoe was found in a storm sewer on Saturday, six days after he disappeared while cycling through town.
Hundreds of people gathered on Sunday for a vigil for the 14-year-old, where prayers were said for Noah and his family and 14 blue balloons were released in his memory.
The Donohoe family said in a statement on Sunday that his mother, Fiona, “had always told him he was going to change the world.”
On Sunday (above), a vigil was held for Noah Donohoe where prayers were said for the 14 year old boy and his family and 14 blue balloons were released in his memory.
Noah Donohoe’s family said in a statement on Sunday that his mother, Fiona (center), “always told him he would change the world”
They also expressed their “deep gratitude for the support, outpouring of love and empathy” they have received in recent days.
The statement said, “From walking with us, both physically and spiritually, to feeling our pain, we recognize that everyone has lost Noah.
“He was very special. It is very difficult to do justice or to honor the extraordinary relationship that Noah and his mother shared. During his 14 years, his mom drew so much from their special bond, he taught his mom so much. They were for each other.
Some people, including Noah’s aunt, Shona, lit candles for the schoolboy during the vigil held in Strabane, Tyrone, where the Donohoe family is from.
One of Noah’s favorite songs, Rod Stewart’s Forever Young, was played.
The family said, “Noah loved her school and her friends at school, and we know they will also be in mourning and must say goodbye too.
The Northern Ireland Police Service believes it found the body of the missing teenager Noah Donohoe (above) on Saturday, six days after his disappearance while cycling through Belfast.
Noah’s aunt, Shona (left), lit a schoolboy’s candle during the vigil in Strabane, Co Tyrone, where the Donohoe family is from
Noé’s principle, Paul McBride, said that the entire Collège Saint-Malachy mourned his loss.
He added that the school was “deeply saddened” by the death of Noah, whom he described as a “natural leader” with “caring nature, calm demeanor and a big smile”.
In a statement posted on the school website, McBride said, “The whole college family mourns the tragic loss of our young Malachi, Noah Donohoe.
“Noah fully embraced all aspects of school life. He was an active and prominent member of the music department, and as a talented young cellist, Noah was able to improve the lives of his fellow performers and also many audiences.
“He was a natural leader who led by example. Her caring nature, calm demeanor and big smile were some of her great gifts that helped others do their best.
“ He was also passionate about basketball and rugby both in and out of school.
“He has been described as the perfect gentleman who has also shown a real competitive spirit on the field.
“ One of his teachers and trainer said that Noah had the heart of a lion capable of speaking on the field, shouting, laughing and having fun with his friends while in class he was normally measured and modest. ”
Noah left home around 5:30 p.m. Sunday and was last seen heading north from Belfast.
Members of the search and rescue team, who worked to help find Noah, gathered outside the doors of St Malachy’s in Belfast on Sunday evening to pay tribute to him.
The family said details of the funeral will be announced soon.
Northern Ireland police found a body on Saturday in the north of Belfast, which they claim is the 14-year-old missing boy, but official identification has not been completed.
Superintendent Muir Clark called on the public to refrain from posting rumors about the teenager, who has not been seen since Sunday evening, online.
He said: “ It is disappointing to have to call people again to circulate a number of rumors about the disappearance of Noah, which are completely baseless.
Noah’s family said details of the funeral will be announced soon. Her mother Fiona is pictured in the center outside the PSNI Musgrave Road station in Belfast
A huge search operation took place throughout the week to find Noah, who was last seen in areas near Shore Road. Police believe he may have fallen from his bicycle and sustained a head injury
“This type of comment and rumor is distressing for Noah’s family and is extremely unnecessary.
“An investigation into the circumstances of Noah’s disappearance is still underway, but there is no evidence suggesting a criminal act.
“If people post unpleasant and obviously false rumors on social media, we will investigate this.”
Police found a bag containing the boy’s laptop on Friday, which is examined by specialized officers.
Mr. Clark also said that he still lacked shorts and a coat belonging to Noah.
A huge search operation took place throughout the week to find Noah, who was last seen in areas near Shore Road.
Police believe he may have fallen from his bicycle and sustained a head injury.