Flowers, candles, cards and graffiti messages left at shrine for rough sleeper found dead in Sheffield

Flowers, candles, cards and graffiti messages have been left at a makeshift shrine in memory of a rough sleeper found dead in Sheffield city centre last week.

Monday, 3rd February 2020, 1:45 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd February 2020, 6:08 pm
Flowers, candles, cards and graffiti messages have been left in Sheffield city centre in memory of a rough sleeper found dead last week

Luke Booth, who was a father, was found dead behind the Central Health Clinic, Mulberry Street, last Wednesday morning.

His death was reported to South Yorkshire Police but it is not being treated as suspicious.

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Luke was a rough sleeper whose death has touched many across the city.

Posting on Facebook, Jean Coulson said Luke ‘was loved and respected by people who knew him’.

She added: “He was a hard working young man before his problems took hold and a good father and husband.”

Alison Christian described Luke’s death as ‘heartbreaking’ and said she ‘always had a chat and bought him a warm or cold drink’.

Childhood friend Michelle Jowitt said: “I know he loved his family and kids and I hope that all who knew him has fond memories like me and my family had of growing up as kids on the Flower estate and enjoying being young and innocent.”

Another childhood friend, Joanna Knowles-Hayes, added: “Heartbreaking, had some fun times growing up Luke. R.I.P sweetheart, hope you’re at peace now.

“Thoughts are with everyone that loved you.”

Nichola Broadhead added: “Absolutely gutted to hear this news, so many good memories from school. Such a lovely person.”

Kenny Gill added: “I remember good times from all the schools with Luke, he was a inspiration to me and lots of us, he was a really good mate.”