Community in shock at sudden death of Dungannon teenager

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The tragic loss of a 14-year-old Dungannon student and sportsman’s life has left the whole community in shock.

David Shrestha, a Royal School student who played Rugby with Dungannon’s Bluebulls and was a keen swimmer, has been described as “much loved by all”.

A spokesperson for the PSNI said: “Police attended the sudden death of a teenage boy in Dungannon yesterday morning, Saturday, September 10. The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

It is understood that David’s school will be opening its doors today (Sunday, September 11) between 2-4pm “for anyone to drop in and be together” while mourning David - with staff and a counsellor also being made available.

A post on the school rugby club’s page said: “We learned today (Saturday) of the passing of RSD pupil David Shrestha Y11. Our thoughts and prayers are with David’s family at this difficult time.

“School will be open tomorrow (Sunday) 2.00–4.00pm for anyone to drop in and be together. Staff and counsellor available.”

Other Royal School sports clubs have echoed these sentiments, while the Royal School Dungannon Parent Friends and Teacher Association has also paid respects to David and his family on Facebook.

Their post said: “The PTFA group extends their most sincere condolences to the Shrestha family on the loss of their wonderful son and brother David.”

A post on Dungannon Rugby Club’s page also said: “All at Dungannon RFC would like to extend their sympathy to the Shrestha Family at this sad time. The family is well known at Dungannon and David will be sadly missed in the blue and white. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.”

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this story, please don’t suffer alone - talk to someone.

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Their number is 0800 1111 or you can have a 1-2-1 chat online with one of their counsellors here.

Samaritans also offer a free and completely confidential helpline service 24 hours a day, every day of the year on 116 123.