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Brother says man killed in Co Down was ‘one in a trillion’

Aidan Mann, 28, a tattoo artist also known as Zen Black, was laid to rest in his home town of Bangor.

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Family and friends carry the coffin of Aidan Mann from his funeral (Peter Morrison/PA)

Family and friends carry the coffin of Aidan Mann from his funeral (Peter Morrison/PA)

Family and friends carry the coffin of Aidan Mann from his funeral (Peter Morrison/PA)

A man who was killed in a street attack in Co Down has been remembered by his brother as “one in a trillion”.

Aidan Mann, 28, a tattoo artist also known as Zen Black, was laid to rest in his home town of Bangor on Monday, a week after the fatal assault in Downpatrick.

A humanist funeral service was held as a celebration of his life.

The service, which featured several of Mr Mann’s favourite songs, heard of his love of art and of boats as well as creating murals.

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Forensic officers at the scene of the attack in Downpatrick (Liam McBurney/PA)

Forensic officers at the scene of the attack in Downpatrick (Liam McBurney/PA)

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Forensic officers at the scene of the attack in Downpatrick (Liam McBurney/PA)

His younger brother, Lewis, told mourners there were “absolutely no words” to describe his sibling.

“I’m very good with words but I can’t find the words for Aidan.

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“You say people are one in a million – Aidan was one in a trillion,” he said.

“He was my protector, he was my older brother … we did so much together and we had so much planned together.

“I told everyone I knew – didn’t care whether they liked tattoos or not – that Aidan was the best tattooist in Northern Ireland.

“I am so proud of him.

“He was a big, gentle soul … this didn’t need to happen.

“He was the best person on the face of the Earth.”


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