Heartbreak after tragic death of Co Armagh schoolboy

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A Co Armagh community has paid tribute to a tragic 10-year-old boy who died after taking ill at school.

It has been reported that John Joe Toner suffered a suspected heart attack at St Malachy’s Primary School, Ballymoyer on Friday.

He died last night.

In a Facebook post SDLP Councillor Sharon Haughey-Grimley said: "The close knit communities of Clady, Ballymoyer and Whitecross have heavy hearts this morning as little John Joe Toner lost his battle for life last night.

"Our hearts are broke for John Joe's family and our prayers are now with his parents Cormac and Maria Toner, his brothers Michael and Daniel and entire family circle. Little John Joe was too young to die but God must have had another plan for him, he will always be in this community's heart. May he rest in peace. ".

A social media post from Loughgilly Parish - in South Armagh - posted last night said: "Fr Murphy together with the people of the Parish and beyond wish to extend their sympathies and heartfelt prayers to Maria, Cormac and all the Toner and McParland families on the sad passing of their son John Joe."

Tributes to the tragic schoolboy have been flowing in on Facebook, with one person posting: “RIP John Joe, another angel at the feet of Jesus.”

Another wrote: “Such terrible news, may god give this family strength.”

Prayers will be held in St Malachys Church, Ballymoyer from 7pm tonight to support the family. All are welcome to attend.