Mother of Noah Donohoe told him ‘he would change the world’

The mother of schoolboy Noah Donohoe has said she "always told him that he would change the world", his family has said.

A body believed to be that of the missing teenager was found in a storm drain in Belfast on Saturday.

The Donohoe family in a statement on Sunday expressed their "heartfelt gratitude for the support, outpouring of love, and empathy" they received in the past few days.

"From walking with us, both physically and spiritually, to feeling our pain, we recognise that everyone has lost Noah," said the family.

"He was very special. It is very hard to do justice or honour the extraordinary relationship Noah and his mummy shared. In his 14 years his mummy got so much from their special bond, he taught his mummy so much. They were each other's world."

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Tributes have been paid to Noah Donohoe (PSNI/PA)

"Noah's mummy always told him that he would change the world," they said.

The family said that details of the funeral would be announced soon.

"Noah loved his school and his friends at school, and we know that they will be grieving too and they need to say goodbye too," they said.

A vigil was held on Sunday where prayers were said for Noah and his family members. A total of 14 blue balloons were released in his memory.

A vigil was also held in Strabane, Co Tyrone, where the Donohoe family are originally from. One of Noah's favourite song's, Forever Young by Rod Stewart, was played.

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People join in the search for missing Noah Donohoe, 14, who was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
Northwood Road in Belfast, the general area where Noah Donohoe was last seen last Sunday. A body that police believe to be the missing Belfast teenager was found in a storm drain.
PSNI Superintendent Muir Clark speaks to media as a body that police believe to be missing Belfast teenager Noah Donohoe was found in a storm drain.
Superintendent Muir Clark, who has hailed the discovery of a backpack belonging to missing Belfast teenager Noah Donohoe as significant. He was speaking to the media during a press conference at Musgrave Street police station in Belfast city centre as the sixth day of the search for the 14-year-old continues.
Fiona Donohoe, the mother of Noah Donohoe, outside Musgrave Police Station in Belfast after the 14 year old was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
A member of the PSNI Hazardous Environment Search Team search a drain in Seaview Park during the search for missing Noah Donohoe, 14, who was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
(left to right) Shona Donohoe, Fiona Donohoe the mother of Noah Donohoe, and Niamh Donohoe outside Musgrave Police Station in Belfast, the 14 year old was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
Community leader Jim Carruthers directs members of the public who are helping in the search for missing Noah Donohoe, 14, who was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
Police search teams carry a camera in Seaview Park during the search for missing Noah Donohoe, 14, who was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
A police searching Seaview Park during the search for missing Noah Donohoe, 14, who was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
A man and a dog inspect a culvert in Seaview Park during the search for missing Noah Donohoe, 14, who was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
A person attaches a poster of missing Noah Donohoe, 14, to a window near where he was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
People join in the search for missing Noah Donohoe, 14, who was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
A person holds a missing poster of Noah Donohoe, 14, as they join in the search for the missing teenager who was last seen in the Shore Road area of north Belfast at the weekend.
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Paul McBride, the principal of Saint Malachy's College where Noah went to school, said the whole school mourned his loss.

He said the school was "deeply saddened" by the death of Noah who he described as a "natural leader" with a "caring nature, calm demeanour and big smile".

Members of the search and rescue team who worked to help find Noah gathered outside the gates of St Malachy's in Belfast on Sunday evening to pay tribute to him.

​In a statement posted on the school website, Mr McBride said: "The whole college family mourns the tragic loss of our young Malachian, Noah Donohoe.

"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."

On Saturday, police in Belfast said that a body found in north Belfast is believed to be his.

Superintendent Muir Clark said that while an official identification has not been completed, they believe the body is the missing 14-year-old, who has not been seen since last Sunday evening.

Mr Clark appealed to the public to refrain from posting rumours about the teenager online.

"It is disappointing that I again need to call on people circulating a number of rumours about Noah's disappearance, which are completely without foundation," he said.

"This type of commentary and rumour is distressing for Noah's family and is extremely unhelpful.

"An investigation into the circumstances of Noah's disappearance is still continuing but there is no evidence to suggest foul play.

"If people post distasteful and patently untrue rumours on social media, we will investigate that."

On Friday, officers found a bag containing the teenager's laptop, which is being examined by specialist officers.

He also said that shorts and a coat belonging to Noah are still missing.

A huge search operation took place all week to find Noah, who was last seen in areas close to the Shore Road.

Police believe he may have fallen from his bicycle and hurt his head.

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