The headmaster of Craigavon Senior High School has paid tribute to 16-year-old Portadown girl Yasmin Houston, who died suddenly last week.
The teenager, the daughter of Kim Sterritt from Princess Way, was a year 12 pupil at Craigavon Senior High School.
Craigavon Senior High principal David Mehaffey said the school was shocked to hear of Yasmin’s sudden death.
He said, “The death of a young person is always a tragedy and when it happens it affects everyone connected with the school, both pupils and staff.
“It is at times like these that we are reminded of just how closely knit a school community is and Craigavon Senior High School is no exception.
“Yasmin was a bright girl with musical, sporting and artistic talents. She was articulate, confident and very much had a mind of her own in so many ways.
“She had honesty, integrity and a bubbly personality and she will be very much missed by her friends and teachers in the school. Our hearts go out to her mother and to the other members of her family circle.”
Hugh McCarthy of Killicomaine Junior High, which Yasmin attended,told the Times, “We will remember Yasmin as a pleasant, outgoing pupil who played a full part in school life. As a school community we are saddened by her death. We wish to pass our condolences to the family circle.”
The funeral service, attended by dozens of Yasmin’s friends, was held at the home of a family friend in Armagh, and conducted by the Rev Peter Gamble of The Mall Presbyterian Church. Interment was in Ballynahone Cemetery.