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Shock at east Belfast murder

Police have launched a murder investigation into the sudden death of Reece Leeman

DETECTIVES are continuing to question two men in connection with the murder of a man in east Belfast.

The victim, named locally as Reece Leeman, was found dead at a house on Kyle Street in the east of the city early on Friday.

It is the third murder in east Belfast since the start of the year.

The cause of death has not yet been made public and a postmortem examination is to be carried out.

UUP councillor Sonia Copeland said she was shocked by the death of the man, believed to be in his early twenties.

"This is truly dreadful news which I know will be the cause of real concern in the local community," she said.

"I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the dead man’s family and friends at what will be an awful time for them.

"I know that the police are treating this death as a murder investigation and I urge anyone who can help the police get to the bottom of what has happened to come forward immediately."

Alliance councillor David Armitage said: "The local community is shocked by this incident. East Belfast has seen a number of deaths in recent weeks, which have caused great distress here.

"It is important the police establish the circumstances of this man’s death. If anyone has any information whatsoever, I would urge them to contact the PSNI with it immediately."

Sirocco Works Football Club said: "Everyone at Sirocco would like to pass on our deepest sympathy to the Leeman family on the loss of their son Reece. Reece was a former player at Sirocco and was fondly thought of by the management and players. Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time."

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