Noah Donaho was a talented young man who was loved by everyone who knew him, says his former basketball coach.
Michael Black said the teenager’s death “destroyed” them as he grew up.
The body of a missing Belfast teenager is believed to have been found on Saturday, about a week after he was last seen near Shore Road in North Ballast in a storm drain.
Basketball team coach Michael Black said the 14-year-old was a talented musician and athlete.
“Noah was just such a young man, everyone loved him,” he said.
“He was a very nice kid, a good athlete, a good musician, very good at cello, and a really nice young man.”
Mr. Kello’s twin son, Noah’s classmate at St. Malachi College, played rugby and basketball and sang school songs with him.
“These are devastated, they should have grown up like most of Noah’s children,” he said.
He coached Noah to play for the Belfast Phoenix basketball team.
A memorable basketball tournament in Noah’s memory is now being discussed, Mr. Colo said.
“It will be something that could develop some money for the charity and I think it will be a great memory for Noah,” he added.
On Sunday, Noah’s family issued a statement thanking the community for “support, spreading love and compassion.”
His family said: “He was very special. It’s hard to judge or respect the wonderful relationship that Noah and his mother shared.”
Their statement added: “In her 14 years her mummy got so much from their special bond, she taught her mother so much. They were each other’s family.”
The family said details of Noah’s funeral would be followed.
Also on Sunday, several hundred people, including Noah’s family members and many volunteers who took part in the search, took part in the teenager’s surveillance.
San McCurry of Community Search and Rescue told the BBC on Monday that he had never experienced this before.
“It was the most moving and disorienting experience in me,” he said.
“Throughout the five-six days of the search, we were all welcomed, just as Noah’s family was welcomed into our services.”
“It looked like everyone was gathered there, the whole of North Belfast was completely gathered.”
Pastor Brian Madden, who spoke on a watch, urged Noah’s teenage friends to “keep their emotions away.”
“Don’t bottle it, don’t hold it, talk to someone and be true, someone will listen to you,” he told the BBC’s Good Morning Ulster program.
Pastor Madden said the surveillance allowed the bereaved community to gather and pay their respects.
“Everyone who knew him spoke very loudly for this young man. It was incredible,” he said.
Police said Saturday they did not believe there was any bad play involved in the death.