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Attack victim was 'life and soul'

Michael Causer
Michael Causer died in Whiston Hospital on Saturday

The family of a man who was killed in an alleged homophobic attack have said he was "the life and soul of the party".

Michael "Mickey" Causer, 18, who was openly gay, was attacked on Tarbock Road in Huyton, Liverpool, on 25 July.

He was treated for serious head injuries but died in Whiston Hospital on Saturday.

In a statement, Mr Causer's family said: "Our world will never been the same without him."

They said: "Mickey was very close to all members of his family and will be greatly missed by his mum and dad, brothers and sisters, aunties and uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces, and his grandparents.

"Mickey loved life and had many friends. He was popular and well liked.

"Mickey was the life and soul of the party, a happy, and outgoing 18-year-old man."

'Hate crime'

They added: "Mickey was definitely a 'people's person'.

"Our world will never been the same without him."

Mr Causer's killing, which detectives have called a "homophobic hate crime", has led Liverpool's gay community to plan a protest march through the city.

A group has been set up in his memory on the social networking site Facebook and it already has more than 2,000 members.

Three people have been charged in connection with the attack on Mr Causer.

It is thought some of the charges, which were laid before his death, could be upgraded.




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