Ipswich: Mum’s tribute to son with ‘beautiful smile’

I MISS his beautiful smile. These are the tender words of a grieving mum, speaking for the first time three months after her son took his own life.

Donna Armstrong today told the Star of her shock at learning her son, Devin Armstrong, 20, had been found dead at the Ipswich house he was sharing with his twin brother Dom on May 1.

Recalling the moment, the 48-year-old mum-of-five said: “I got a phone call from my older son in the middle of the night.

“I didn’t believe what I was hearing. I was gobsmacked, just in total shock.

“He [Devin] was always the cheerful one. But he obviously had something hidden that was troubling him – we had no idea. If Dom had known, he would have been the first to help. They were very close.”

Raised in Sorrell Close in Chantry, Devin and Dom were both pupils at St Pancras Primary and Chantry High Schools. Four years ago Mrs Armstrong moved away from Ipswich to her new home in northern Scotland. “I miss his beautiful smile, he was just a lovely, handsome young man. He was a really kind, caring boy – I don’t think I realised just how much until I read all the things people have said about him,” she added.

“One lad, who was bullied in school, left a tribute to Devin - he had obviously really helped this lad, it made me so proud. This has been the most difficult thing in my life, no parent should have to go through what I have. My heart is broken, he took a part of it with him.”

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