A local priest has told how the St Johnston community is in shock after the death of Oisin Crawford, who died at approximately yesterday (Monday).
Fr Dan Carr, from St Johnston, said everyone was struggling to take in the news of the young man’s death.
“I just couldn’t take it in. As the news spread through the people, they just struggled to accept what happened,” he said.
“Numbness has surrounded everyone. It seems to be drug-related. The use of drugs are readily available here as they would be in the city.
“I’ve spoken to the Crawford family and they are absolutely devastated.
“Oisin worked with his father in a tyre business. The father and mother are just speechless.
“Drugs... are such a problem. Avoid drugs forever. Never touch them. They are too dangerous.
“I hope this is a wake up call,” Fr Carr told Radio Foyle.
A post-mortem examination is being carried out on Mr Crawford’s body.
Friends of the young man paid tribute to him on the social media site facebook yesterday.
One friend wrote: “RIP Oisin Crawford. So hard to believe, terrible news.
“Thoughts and prayers with your family and friends,”
Another said: “Rest in peace lad. A man that will be missed.”
A cousin of the young man also paid tribute, stating his family were “still waiting for someone to wake us up from this bad dream.”
He added: “Sleep tight lad.”