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Man found dead in Co Armagh named as Stewart Agnew

The man found dead in Lurgan on Friday has been named as Stewart Agnew
Connla Young and Allison Morris

A MAN found dead in a Co Armagh Park has been named locally as Stewart Agnew.

His remains were found close to the Avenue Road entrance to Lurgan Park at around 10am on Friday.

Police have said they are treating the death as suspicious.

It is believed Mr Agnew, who is in his 20s, had bruising and scratches to his body.

The park remained closed for most of Friday while a forensic examination was carried out by the PSNI.

A post mortem examination is expected to be carried out on Saturday.

A post on his Facebook page revealed that Mr Agnew had battled with a drink and drugs problem in the past.

In recent years he posted a message saying: "Listen, I need to help myself most off all and get off he drink and drugs before they kill me".

He also revealed that he suffered serious injuries in a quad bike accident in 2011, including breaking his jaw in four places after smashing into a brick wall.

Assembly member Dolores Kelly offered her sympathies to the dead man's family on Friday night.

"It's a tragedy for his family and friends and judging by the response on Facebook many people are upset by his death," she said.

DUP councillor Carla Lockhart said "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", Ms Lockhart said.

"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", she added.

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