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School pays tribute to ‘popular’ former pupils tragically killed in accident

The high school of two of its former pupils killed in a car crash yesterday morning have paid tribute to “popular” boys.

Principal of Markethill High School, James Maxwell, led the tribute to Andrew Gass and Mark Hutcheson, tragically killed in a one vehicle accident on the Cladymilltown Road in county Armagh.

The statement read: “As reported, Andrew Gass and Mark Hutcheson, two former pupils of Markethill High School, died tragically on 21st January 2016.

“The entire school community is deeply saddened by the news, and our thoughts and prayers are with both families at this sad time.

“Both boys were popular, well-mannered and respected members of the school community who demonstrated passion and commitment towards all aspects of school life.

“They left in June 2015 looking forward to the next step on their educational pathway.

“Andrew loved Agriculture, vocational courses and he was heavily involved in school sports’ teams, including rugby and hockey.

“Similarly, Mark excelled in Science, Agriculture and applied subjects such as Carpentry and Joinery. I have no doubt in my mind that both boys had great futures ahead of them and they will be remembered with fondness for their great generosity of spirit.

“Since the news has broken, the school has implemented its Critical Incident policy. Alongside staff, trained counsellors are on-site to support pupils and staff at this time.

“A special assembly to remember Andrew and Mark will take place in the near future.”

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