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A missing teenager from Belfast believed to have been found dead in a storm drain has been described as a “natural leader” with a “caring nature” by the principal of his school.

Paul McBride, of Saint Malachy’s College, said the school was “deeply saddened” by the death of Noah Donohoe, whose body is thought to have been discovered by police on Saturday.

The 14-year-old, who had not been seen since Sunday 21 June, had a “caring nature, calm demeanour and big smile”, Mr McBride said in a statement on the Belfast school’s website.

“The whole college family mourns the tragic loss of our young Malachian, Noah Donohoe,” he said.

“Noah embraced fully 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 enhance the lives of his fellow performers and also many an audience.

“He was a natural leader who led by example.

“His caring nature, calm demeanour and big smile were some of his great gifts that helped others do their best.

“He was also a keen basketball and rugby player both in and out of school.

“He has been described as the perfect gentleman who was also able to show a genuine competitive spirit on the court.

“One of his teachers and coach said that Noah had a heart of a lion being able to express himself on the pitch, shouting, laughing and having fun with his friends whilst in class he was normally measured and modest.”

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