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Family pay tribute to man who died after disturbance

Former junior footballer Shaun Woodburn was found seriously injured in Leith, Edinburgh.

Tributes: Shaun Woodburn (top right) with his former team.
Tributes: Shaun Woodburn (top right) with his former team.

The family of a young father who died following a disturbance on New Year's Day have paid tribute to him.

Shaun Woodburn, 30, was found with serious injuries around 2am near a pub in Great Junction Street, in the Leith area of Edinburgh.

He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and died later on Sunday. Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the incident.

His family have now paid tribute to him, describing him as a "kind and loving young man."

In a statement released through the police, they said: "Shaun was first and foremost a fantastic and loving dad, he was a great and caring son, brother, partner and friend.

"He was a hard working young man loved by all of his colleagues and had an honours degree in architectural engineering from Heriot Watt University. Shaun also had a passion for playing football and latterly with Bonnyrigg Rose only to give up to spend more time with his family.

"That was Shaun, a selfless, kind and loving young man who has had his life cut short in the most tragic of circumstances.

"We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and support at this time. We would also ask that all of Shaun's immediate family are left alone to grieve in private."

Earlier, junior football team Bonnyrigg Rose had paid tribute to Mr Woodburn, who had played for the side for more than three years.

Two men, aged 16 and 18, have been arrested in connection with the disturbance.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, was charged with murder when he appeared in private at the city's sheriff court on Monday.

Mohammed Zakariyah, 18, also appeared to face a charge of assault to injury. Both made no plea or declaration.

Police say they are still keen to speak to everyone who was on Great Junction Street at the time of the incident.

Detective inspector Stuart Alexander, who is leading the investigation, said: "I am very keen to ensure we establish the full circumstances of what happened at the time of the incident, and also prior to incident taking place. We also wish to establish all the movements of those involved.

"It is imperative that we trace and interview everybody that was present when Shaun was attacked or was indeed in the vicinity of Gladstones Public House, Great Junction Street or Mill Lane area of Edinburgh between 1.30 and 2 am on New Year's morning.

"I want to know why the disturbance started in Great Junction Street and continued into Mill Lane near to Gladstones Public House.

"I would appeal to everybody that was present to contact us so that my enquiry team can interview them and assess whether they have any relevant information.

"For the sake of Shaun's family it is important that we find out exactly what happened and why Shaun had his life so tragically taken from him."

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