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Conan Anderson: Vigil held for Belfast man fighting for his life after injuring head on night out

By Allan Preston

Short Strand residents have held a vigil for Conan Anderson, the east Belfast man who is fighting for his life in hospital after suffering serious head injuries during a night out.

Conan Anderson (22) had been out at Thompson's Garage nightclub in the city centre on Sunday.

He returned home in the early hours of Monday morning, and although he made it back to his home in the Short Strand around 7.30am, it wasn't until that evening that his injuries became apparent.

Last night his sister-in-law Shauna McEvoy spoke to the Belfast Telegraph moments before leaving for hospital to be at Conan's hospital bedside along with her family.

"He's changing every minute and he's just deteriorating," she said. "It's very difficult.

"He's fighting very hard for his life at the minute, life support is keeping him alive.

"He's very popular. Social media has lit up and everyone wants to help in some way."

The cause of the young man's injuries is still unknown and his family say they are desperate to retrace his steps over a two-hour period on Monday morning. After leaving Thompson's at around 3am, Conan was next seen leaving the city centre at 5.45am wearing a black padded coat. Ms McEvoy said the family was not sure if he had fallen over and hit his head, or if he was attacked.

It may have been the second attack on the young man in recent months. In November he posted photos of himself on Facebook with facial injuries and wrote that he had been attacked by two or three men.

Ms McEvoy said Conan coached a young football team in the Short Strand and was well known for his voluntary work.

Ms McEvoy has urged anyone who may have seen Conan making his way home on Monday morning to contact her on 07923 080 463.

Information can also be passed to newseditor@belfastelegraph.co.uk

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