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Saturday 15 June 2019

Community in shock at death of David (25)

The late David Lawlor
The late David Lawlor

Pádraig Byrne

The Wexford community is once again coming to terms with the sudden and tragic death of another young person, following the passing of 25 year-old David Lawlor in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The father of one was found unresponsive near the GAA pitches in Clonard shortly after midnight on Sunday. Emergency services attended the scene and while attempts were made to resuscitate him, sadly they proved fruitless and he was later pronounced dead. A garda spokesman said that they are not treating the death as suspicious.

As news broke of David's passing on Sunday, it sent shock waves through the town. Tributes poured in on social media and provided some small consolation to his heartbroken family.

Originally from St Aidan's Crescent, David was the beloved son of Sharon Kemp and Frankie Lawlor, and brother of Lyndsey. He was also a loving father to three year-old Reuben.

When he was younger, David went to primary school at Scoil Mhuire before going on to Wexford Vocational College and then Youthreach.

He made some great friends in school who stayed with him throughout his life. After finishing his education, David started work as a scaffolder and was known to be well able to turn his hands to anything.

'We're absolutely heartbroken,' said David's aunt Susan. 'This has been such a shock to us all.'

Describing her late nephew and Godson, Susan said:

'He was the life and soul of the party the whole time. He loved going out with his friends. He also loved music and listened to all sorts. He was a great man for karaoke and he was always the first on the floor when the microphone came out.'

'Above all he loved his family though,' she said. 'He would've done absolutely anything for his family. It was the most important thing to him.'

In recent days, social media has been filled with tributes for an outgoing character as people shared memories of nights out and good times.

David's remains will repose at Kearney's Funeral Home today (Tuesday) and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Removal will be on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. to Bride Street Church, where his funeral mass will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning.

Burial will take place afterwards in Crosstown Cemetery.

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