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Schoolboy Takes His Own Life After Being Blackmailed Online

An Irish schoolboy has taken his life after a cruel online trick blackmailed him.

Ronan Hughes was tricked into posting images of himself online, and was taken "advantage of and exploited", Parish Priest Fr Benny Fee said at his funeral.

The teenager was blackmailed for cash by unknown perpetrators of the awful prank.

The 17-year-old died on June 5, and although the police do not think the death itself is a crime, they are pursuing with inquiries into his death.

It is understood that Hughes had told his parents and the police about the images last week.

At St Patrick's Church in Clonoe, Ireland, Fr Fee told the congregation it was a "bitter, bitter privilege to welcome Ronan here to St Patrick's where he was no stranger".

"Ronan did not take his own life but his life was taken from him, and somewhere in the world, maybe far, far away from Clonoe, is a man, a woman or a gang who are guilty of a heinous crime," Fr Fee said.

"People took advantage of his youth and his beauty. They exploited him and they broke him. And if they could do it to him, they could do it to anyone. May God forgive them."

Students from Ronan's school, St Joseph's Grammar in Donaghmore, County Tyrone, formed a guard of honour at the funeral.

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