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Armagh mother’s grief as she prepares to bury teenage son weeks after he becomes a dad


An Armagh mother has spoken of her unimaginable grief following the tragic death of her 17-year-old son on Friday.

Cole Murray, who had just become a dad at the beginning of the year, took his own life at their home in Greenfield Way.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Cole’s heartbroken mum Yvonne said her son was “a gentleman to everybody and they just loved him”.

But mostly, he was a doting dad to his 10-week-old son, Mason.

Yvonne spoke of how everything the night before Cole’s death seemed normal, and with exchanges of “I love you” on the morning of his death, as she left their family home.

But those would be the last words the pair would exchange.

The mum-of-two had her world turned upside down when she returned home later in afternoon to find her son had passed away in tragic circumstances.

“I screamed and I screamed,” she recalled.

“His brother ran to get our neighbour who came and tried to resuscitate him but nothing could be done.

“I begged him to come back and promised him we’ll fix it all, but he was gone.”

Cole was a member of the Armagh Boxing Club in the city.

Paying tribute, the y said: “Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of the recent passing of our senior member, Cole Murray.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Jenson, Yvonne and all the family at this extremely difficult time.

“If any members need to talk to anyone please ask any of the coaches. As a mark of respect there will be no training on Monday night. Rest in Peace Cole from all at the Club.”

A funeral notice read: “Cole Neville Xavier much loved son of Yvonne, loving brother of Jenson, doting father of Mason, dearly loved grandson of Xavier Murray and dear nephew of Luke, Martin, Ryan, Ashley, Natalie and Reece.

Funeral from his late home on Tuesday at 1.30pm to Armagh Free Presbyterian Church for service followed by interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Urbleshanny, Scotstown arriving at 4.30pm (approx)

Family flowers only please, Donations in lieu if desired for Suicide Prevention, cheques made payable to Jackson Stoops & Sons, Funeral Directors, 44 Moy Road, Armagh BT61 8DL

Dearly loved and sadly missed by his loving mother, brother and all the family circle.

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