Belfast Telegraph

Vigil held for man critically injured on night out

By David Young

Friends and well-wishers came together last night to hold a vigil for a young east Belfast man who is fighting for his life after sustaining serious head injuries after a night out in the city last Sunday.

A crowd gathered in the Short Strand area to pray for Conan Anderson (22), who had been enjoying an evening at the Thompson's Garage night club before taking ill after returning to his Short Strand home.

A local youth leader led a decade of the Rosary as children held candles and a picture of Mr Anderson during the five minute vigil outside shops in the close-knit community.

Former Belfast Lord Mayor Niall O Donnghaile praised what he described as a "huge showing of solidarity and prayer" from the community.

It's understood that Mr Anderson's close family were also holding a vigil at his bedside last night in the Royal Victoria Hospital's Intensive Care Unit.

A spokeswoman for the Belfast Health Trust last night described Mr Anderson's condition as critical.

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