Belfast Telegraph

Man found dead in Lurgan Park named locally as Stewart Agnew

By David Young

The young man whose body was found in Lurgan Park has been named locally as father-of-one Stewart Agnew.

Police are no longer treating the death of Mr Agnew, who was in his early 20s, as suspicious.

His body was found by council staff in a river which runs though the park yesterday.

In a moving tribute Danielle Fegan, the mother of Mr Agnew's toddler son, said on social media: "RIP Stewart Agnew, my son Shea's father. Thoughts are with your family.

"We had some bad times but death is not the answer.

"Think of my beautiful son Shea, even though he never knew you, but one day he would've loved to.

"Life is cruel."

Before Mr Agnew's Facebook profile was deleted last night he had posted a comment under a picture of him holding a wad of cash thought to have been won on a scratchcard, joking that his holiday home was Maghaberry jail.

Councillor Carla Lockhart said: "Today our thoughts and prayers are with the deceased man's family.

"This tragedy will rock the Lurgan community and we must at this early stage allow the PSNI time and space to investigate.

"I also want to commend our park staff in dealing with this situation and our thoughts are with them having to deal with such a tragedy.

"The park will remain closed until further notice."

Local SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly said: "This was a tragic loss of a young life: my thoughts are with the young man's bereaved family."

Councillor Colin McCusker tweeted: "Tragic news today of the death of a man in Lurgan Park.

"My thoughts are with the bereaved family at this sad time."

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