Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

James Steen death: Northern Irish student's family devastated by death of 'generous, intelligent, talented' young man

James Steen, who was found dead in Rugby, Warwickshire
James Steen, who was found dead in Rugby, Warwickshire

The parents of a Northern Irish university student who was found dead in England at the weekend have described him as a "kind, caring, intelligent and very talented" young man.

In a statement issued through Warwickshire Police, the family of James Steen said the 23-year-old's sense of humour had touched everyone he met.

Three men are currently on police bail after being arrested over the "unexplained" death of Mr Steen, a student at Newcastle University's School of Arts and Cultures.

Mr Steen, from Poyntzpass, was the half brother of Rev Ivan Steen, the minister at Windsor Presbyterian Church in south Belfast.

The undergraduate's body was found at a house in Wood Street, Rugby at about 6am on Saturday after the ambulance service attended the property.

In their statement, his parents, whose names were not provided by Warwickshire Police, said: "We have lost our darling son. Words simply can not convey the pain we are currently experiencing.

"James enriched our lives, and the lives of others, in so many ways.

"He was a kind, caring, intelligent and very talented young man, with a generous spirit. He touched everyone he met with his positivity and his sense of humour.

"We are devastated by James' untimely death, but we are comforted by knowing how much he was loved and admired by his family, friends and university colleagues. We are immensely proud of our son, and all he achieved and the significant mark he made during his brief time on this earth.

"As we come to terms with our loss, we would ask the media to respect our need for privacy at this difficult time."

A statement from the Presbyterian Church in Ireland said: "We wish to give the family the space and privacy it needs at this difficult time and assure them of our prayerful support."

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