Family ‘broken’ by Leeds student’s death

TRAGEDY: Student Harry Loker whose death is being investigated.
TRAGEDY: Student Harry Loker whose death is being investigated.

A family has paid tribute to their “devoted son, brother and perfect grandson” after the “unexplained” death of a Leeds Beckett University student.

Detectives last night appealed for information after Harry Loker, 21, was pronounced dead outside a house in Hyde Park on Friday morning.

Police were called shortly after 9.15am that day following a report of a man being found collapsed on Royal Park Avenue.

In a statement, Mr Loker’s family said: “Harry was a devoted son, brother and perfect grandson and we could not have asked for more. We as a family were extremely proud of Harry and all his achievements and he will be sorely missed. This terrible, terrible incident has broken us as a family and leaves pain in our hearts.”

Mr Loker had been out socialising with friends in Leeds city centre on Thursday night and is believed to have gone home in the early hours of Friday.

A post-mortem examination has been carried out which has found that Mr Loker had a number of injuries that police said they were “unable to account for”.

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