Belfast man drowns in Bulgaria

Published Sunday, 29 June 2014
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Tributes have been paid to a man in his 20s from the Shankill area of Belfast, who has died in Bulgaria.

James Kelly, who was 25, had been on holiday with his partner at a resort on the Black Sea when he drowned on Wednesday.

He was father to a three-year-old daughter.

DUP Councillor Brian Kingston has been speaking to Mr Kelly's mother.

"Lily has travelled out along with others to make all the arrangements to bring James' body home," he explained.

"They have received support from the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, and they very much appreciate that. Kevin, who people may recall, was a young man from Newry, who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run incident in America last year.

"His family set up this repatriation trust to help other families in similar circumstances."

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16 Comments
carrie in shankill road wrote (171 days ago):
Thoughts and prayers to his girlfriend, young daughter , mum lily, dad & sister rip james xxx
annie in belfast wrote (171 days ago):
Heartbreaking god bless this family his poor mum dad partner daughter and entire family circle such a sad tragic story!! I hope his family get threw this horrific time losing a loved one suddenly is unbearable ino after losing a loved one suddenly and its worse pain in the heart thoughts with u all xx
John B in Belfast wrote (171 days ago):
Sad to hear of a young man dying abroad thoughts with him his family and those who he travelled with come home safe
jay in Derry wrote (172 days ago):
so sad news family of this young man so sorry for your loss RIP
Belfast in Belfast wrote (172 days ago):
Such sad news. Thoughts and prayers to his girlfriend, young daughter, mother, father & sister. Hope this family find the strength to cope with another loss. R.I.P
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