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Tributes paid to homeless Belfast man found dead in city street

By Joanne Sweeney

Published 07/02/2016

Donegall Place in Belfast
Donegall Place in Belfast

The homeless man who was discovered dead in Belfast city centre in the early hours of Sunday morning was described as a "lovely, lovely man" by grieving volunteers.

The man in his early 30s - understood by the Belfast Telegraph to be a Belfast man - was found by outreach workers in the Donegall Place area of Belfast.

Paramedics and the police tried to resuscitate him for 30 minutes, but their efforts were in vain.

The cause of his death is unknown at this stage.

The man, who is understood to have been married and had children, was well-known to several city outreach organisations, including Hope Outreach for the Homeless.

Volunteer Donna Connor said: "We all knew this man and are really heartbroken to hear the sad news.  He was one of our regular service users and we would talk to him most nights when we are giving out hot meals and drinks.

"He was a very lovable young man, and very affectionate and would always have a dance and a song with us when we were talking with him.

"He was a boxer in his younger days and he used to play sparr a bit with my husband Jim.  He was just a lovely, lovely man and we are sorry to lose him."

She said that her charity help to distribute hot meals and drinks, and sleeping bags, donated by a local sponsor to between 20 -27 homeless people in Belfast on a nightly basis.

"But the most valuable thing that we can give this is our time, they really like us to sit down and talk, make them a cup of tea and have one ourselves."

According to the charity, the dead man is the fourth homeless person to die on the streets of Belfast in just over a year. 

The latest person was a man who died by his own act in the Titanic train halt area  last December.

Facebook user Stella Dixon commented: "No matter how this soul died, the fact still remains, he died on the street.  This disgusts me and pains my heart this day and age... RIP young man. Your pain is behind you now."

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