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Tributes to 'loveable' homeless man found dead on Belfast street

By Laura Abernethy

Published 08/02/2016

A homeless man who was found dead in Belfast city centre yesterday morning has been described as a
A homeless man who was found dead in Belfast city centre yesterday morning has been described as a "very loveable young man" by volunteers who worked with him

A homeless man who was found dead in Belfast city centre yesterday morning has been described as a "very loveable young man" by volunteers who worked with him.

The man, understood to be in his early 30s and from Belfast, was found by outreach workers in the Donegall Place area early on Sunday.

Paramedics and the police tried to resuscitate him for 30 minutes, but he sadly passed away. The cause of his death is unknown at this stage.

Local charity Hope Outreach for the Homeless posted the news on their Facebook page. They said that he was a regular user of their services and they were very close to the young man.

The charity helps to distribute hot meals, drinks and sleeping bags to around 20 homeless people in the city each night.

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 spar a bit with my husband Jim.

He was just a lovely, lovely man and we are sorry to lose him." According to the charity, this is the fourth person to die on the streets in the past year.

In December, the body of a homeless man was found at Titanic train halt.

Albertas Naginionis, originally from Russia, took his own life after spending several months living on the streets in Belfast.

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