Tragic death stuns district

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The sudden death of a twelve-year-old boy on Saturday night has left south Armagh united in grief.
James Babe, from Belleeks, and a student of St Paul's High School, was found dead at his home in the village on Saturday night. The death of the young man with a bright future ahead of him has shocked the district and local figures were quick to pay their respects to him.
Sinn Fein Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said: "This community is shocked by the news of this tragic death. The family is well known and respected in the area and this tragedy will be felt by many people throughout this community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this young boy at this time."
SDLP councillor John Feehan echoed these sentiments by saying; "My sympathies go out to this young man's family at this tragic time. I would like to send my condolences to the family. James had a really bright future ahead of him and was a delightful young man by all accounts."
The PSNI said: "We are investigating the death of a 12-year-old boy in the Belleeks area on Saturday, August 9, at this time Police are not treating the death as suspicious."
St Paul's High School did not wish to make a statement at time of going to press.
Fr Malachy Murphy, from the parish of Loughgilly, said: "James was a server in Laurence O'Toole Chapel in Belleeks, up until last year. He was a great wee character." He offered his sympathies to James' family.
“They are a fantastic family and have fantastic faith and have the full support of the parish community. At the minute their faith is a great solace to them."

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