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Monday 5 December 2016

Mother tells mourners of legal high dangers as she buries son

Amanda Ferguson

Published 18/04/2015 | 10:14

Tragedy: Adam Owens
Tragedy: Adam Owens

A grieving mother has told mourners at her son's funeral that she hopes no other young lives are ruined by the scourge of legal highs.

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Adam Owens was found lying on the grass in Newtownards West Winds estate outside Belfast on Monday.

The 17-year-old is believed to have been taking legal highs with friends in the hours before his tragic death.

The former Regent House pupil grew up in Bangor but had been living with his dad and stepmother in Newtownards.

His mother Adele Wallace told the funeral: "He was the apple of his daddy's eye when he was born. He was so proud. We loved him so much.

"It's so sad we have to stand here today and say things like this.

"I hope and pray no other parents, aunts, cousins, nephews and brothers have to stand like we are today and that some good can come out of this and we can help other kids stay away from the things that made him so unwell, so hopeless."

Adam's sister read out a poem during the service and his favourite songs were played, including an acoustic version of his favourite song, Eminem's Lose Yourself.

Following the service, Adam was laid to rest at Clandeboye Cemetery.

Ahead of Adam's funeral yesterday at Elmwood Church in Bangor, some of the his friends and family got together to create a memorial garden in his memory.

Pictures were posted on the Help Ban Legal Highs Facebook page - set up by Adam's 17-year-old friend Anya Gore - which has attracted more than 10,000 supporters.

"We decided to paint rocks around the pond, sprinkle glitter over them and a few people decided put their hand print on the rocks and sign their names," Anya wrote on Facebook. "I know Adam is up there having a great wee laugh at all of us trying to get the paint off our hands by covering our hands in butter to get the paint to come off."

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