UPDATED: Community steps out in support of family of tragic Nicolai, 27, with £500 fundraiser

Friends and family visit Armley Park's 161 steps to raise funds for Nicolai Brown's funeral. Picture by Gary Longbottom.
Friends and family visit Armley Park's 161 steps to raise funds for Nicolai Brown's funeral. Picture by Gary Longbottom.
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More than £500 has been raised as a community rallies to help a Leeds family fund the funeral of a man who died tragically in Armley.

Friends and well-wishers struck by the news that Nicolai Brown, 27, was found dead in Back Moorfield Terrace on Monday night after suffering head injuries gathered for a fundraiser on Saturday.

Well-loved: Nicolai Brown, who died this week aged 27.

Well-loved: Nicolai Brown, who died this week aged 27.

Around 50 people gathered at Armley Park to run up and down the park’s 161 steps to raise funds to help his family with funeral costs.

Detectives initially treated Nicolai’s death as murder but later said his death was not suspicious after a post mortem examination showed his injuries were consistent with a fall.

Family friend Julie Reeder, 29, who organised the event, said: “He meant a lot to everybody. We had a fun day and everbody just came together and put their hands in their pockets.”

She described Nicolai as a “well-known and loved” man.

A second fundraising event will take place at the Broadway Pub on Dewsbury Road on Friday October 16, with a bouncy castle and DJ.

Julie added that she wanted to thank everyone who has helped to raise money for Nicolai’s family so far.

For more information search ‘Nicolai Brown Fundraiser’ on Facebook. Police have said a file is being prepared for the coroner so an inquest can be held into Nicolai’s death.

Police and fire crews were called

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