Funny, kind-hearted and generous: Heartbroken family's tribute to Northern Ireland man Matthew Bradley killed on Liverpool stag do
The family of a Northern Ireland man killed on a stag do in Liverpool have described him as funny, kind-hearted and generous.
Matthew Bradley was enjoying a night out in the city with friends on Friday night when he was hit by a car in the Albert Dock area of the city.
Despite the best efforts of those at the scene and medics, the 24-year-old died a short time later in hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Mr Bradley, from Glenavy, Co Antrim had followed in his father's footsteps by becoming a landscape gardener for which he had won awards including at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.
His heartbroken family said he had an illustrious career ahead of him and will be sorely missed.
Parents Donal and Margaret said: “Matthew was hugely talented and award-winning in his chosen career of landscape gardening – following in his dad’s footsteps – and had an illustrious career ahead of him.
“He was a funny, kind-hearted and generous young man who will be sorely missed by all that knew him.”
The family along with Matthew's girlfriend Rhiannon flew out to Liverpool on Saturday.
Mr Bradley also played football for Glenavy Gaelic club St Joseph's where he was once awarded player of the year.
Sinn Fein councillor Anne Marie Logue said the community had been left in "complete shock" following the death of the popular young man.
The driver of the silver BMW car which hit Matthew failed to stop at the scene as Matthew lay critically injured on the street.
A radio DJ who witnessed the incident told the Liverpool Echo the incident was "the worst thing I have ever seen".
An investigation by Merseyside Police is underway and the car believed to have been involved in the collision has been found and forensically examined.
Specially trained family liaison officers have been supporting Matthew’s family and girlfriend in the city.
Inspector Danny Harris of Merseyside police appealed for anyone with information to contact his officers, he added: "This is an extremely serious incident in which a young man has tragically died."
Liverpool police can be contacted on 0151 777 5747 or information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Matthew is survived by his parents Donal and Margaret his three sisters Claire, Roisin and Megan, and his girlfriend Rhiannon, from Guildford.
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