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Family pay tribute to ‘devoted daddy’ who died in Wrexham assault

The family of a man who died following an incident in Wrexham have paid tribute to ”a gentleman and devoted daddy.”

36-year-old Philip James Long from Marchwiel, Wrexham, was found unconscious on College Street in the town in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He was taken to Wrexham Maelor Hospital with serious injuries and transferred to The Royal University Hospital in Stoke where he later died.

An 18-year-old, Matthew Curtis from the Gwersyllt area of Wrexham, has been charged with manslaughter.

Philip James Long’s family described him as a ”gentleman through and through.”

Phil was a cherished and devoted daddy to his four precious boys and a truly loved and adored husband as well as a loving, wonderful and thoughtful son.

He was also a beloved brother, uncle, grandson, great grandson, nephew and cousin.

He was a gentleman through and through, always putting others first and wanting to help.

Phil lived for his family and this is an utterly devastating loss to his entire family and his many, many friends.

He will be deeply missed every second of every day, but will never be forgotten.


DCI Gary Kelly said the impact of his death would have ”far reaching consequences for many people not least his wife Hayley and four young children.”

North Wales Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident at approximately 1:40am on Sunday August 4 to come forward.

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