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Wrexham man died on 20th birthday after going to skate park

Matthew Jones Image copyright Jones family
Image caption Police say they are treating the death of Matthew Jones as suspicious

Friends have paid tribute to a Wrexham man who died on his 20th birthday.

Matthew Jones, of Johnstown, died after attending an event at a skate park in Shropshire on Saturday.

The 20-year-old had been at the Rednal Industrial Estate in Oswestry and was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital where he died in the early hours of Saturday.

His cause of death is unknown but police are treating it as suspicious and have appealed for witnesses.

Friends' Facebook tributes to Matthew

  • "Still can't get my head round it, absolutely gutted, you where by far the funniest person I've ever met. Rest in peace matty you'll be missed"
  • "Not really sunk in what I've heard really, such a massive character and the most laid back lad I've ever met. RIP brother, deeply missed"
  • "In absolute pieces. Had this whole weekend all planned for Matty's birthday, the one we all love and wanna be around"
  • "Rest in peace dude. Love you xxxxx"

Mr Jones is a former player of Johnstown Youth FC.

The club's team manager Llion Drake paid tribute to "a great footballer".

He said: "He was a brilliant personality to have in the changing room and always played the game with a smile on his face.

'Many friends'

"He has many friends at Johnstown Youth FC and will be sorely missed by everyone.

"The village of Johnstown has lost one of its biggest characters."

The football team Mr Jones was playing for more recently was Rhos Aelwyd.

They postponed their fixtures at the weekend as a mark of respect.

Fixtures secretary David Parry said: "Matthew had a number of good friends who were also members of the club.

"They are all devastated and shocked. Our thoughts today are with Matthew's family."

A West Mercia police spokesperson said: "Further to the death of the 20-year-old man on 1 November, we can confirm that he has been named as Matthew Jones who turned 20 that day.

"A post mortem is due to take place in the next few days."

Image copyright Johnstown FC
Image caption Johnstown FC players gave him a minute's applause before their game

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