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Devastated friends have paid tribute to a “kind and caring” university student who “always saw the best in people” after his tragic death.
Jason Brockbanks, 24, from Whitehaven, has been named locally as the man who died at Mansion Tyne student accommodation in Newcastle upon Tyne last Tuesday.
Northumbria Police have not yet confirmed the student’s identity.
Friends have spoken of the “heartbreaking” loss of Jason, who they now describe as “the purest soul”.
Jack Burton, from Whitehaven, who has been friends with Jason since high school, said: “The Jason I knew was kind and caring and looked out for everyone.
“He was always there to talk about any problem, whether it was during school or outside. He was there for everyone. Even until recently, he was always texting and asking how I was doing.
“It’s a great loss not only for me, but also for the people who knew him. I was deeply affected by his loss. I’ve known Jason since my first day in high school and have spent most of my last few years with him; he kept in touch even after school.”
Ross Irvine, from Whitehaven, who is also a school friend, said: “I’ve known Jace from school but I started being around him around the same age when we started drinking.
“He used to come to drink with our comrades and go to town with him. He was quiet, but once he had a drink, he was energetic and great to be around.
“He will be missed because of the band loads. As for what happened, I was upset and irritated that this happened to the most caring and gentle guy I know.
Aaron Thwaites, from Whitehaven, who became friends with Jason after graduation, said: “We clicked like he does with everyone. He talked to everyone at night, even if he didn’t know him.
“Jase was probably the purest soul I knew. He would do no wrong to anyone and always thought about how his actions would affect others.
“He was ridiculously funny and he was the life of any party, he would tell you exactly what he thought of you, which is good sometimes though!
“I’m lost for words about his loss. I think it will stick with me and everyone else for a while. He will be in our memories forever and I will always remember the fun we had on the nights before Covid hit.”
Liam Bacon from Lowca said: “I’ve known Jason since about 2018 but in that short time we’ve had lots of great nights out and trips to Liverpool.
“He was always quiet, but once he had a few to drink, he became the life of any party and was always great to be around.
“Especially what happened to such a caring guy who wouldn’t hurt a fly really shook us all.”
Tyler Lee Irving of Whitehaven said: “Jason was one of those people who would do anything for anyone. He was kind and warm and funny and would always ask if you were okay. He really cared about people and he was going to be a great person. miss everyone.
“I’m just so shocked that anyone would do something to someone as kind and genuine as Jason. It’s heartbreaking. I hope Jason is somewhere and at peace. Rest in peace Jason.”
School friends Shona Ackroyd and Callie Knowles, from Whitehaven, said: “We went to secondary school with Jason – he was a kind, caring and gentle soul who always saw the best in people.
“The news of his death shocked not only us, but our entire cohort. We still can’t believe that something like this could happen to someone like him.
“After going to college, Jason found himself as a person. He had so many plans to travel and do amazing things. It is heart-wrenching that his time is cut short.”
Danielle Lee, owner of Club 135 in Whitehaven, said: “We are all saddened to hear of the passing of one of our most loved customers, Jason Brockbanks.
“I’ve served him for years, even in some of my old jobs. He is a very lovable, well-mannered and honest boy.”
Lee Currie, from Lockerbie, who befriended Jason after meeting on a night out, said: “Jason was a lovely young man all his life. We have always been in touch every day.
“He would never harm a soul and always cared for people. He will be sadly missed by all. He left a void in my heart that will never be filled.
“RIP Jason, rest in peace. You will always have a special place in my heart.”
A spokesperson for Northumbria University said: “We are very saddened to confirm that a Northumbria University student has died.
“We are reaching out to the student’s family and friends to offer whatever support we can at this tragic time.
“As this is an ongoing police investigation, we are unable to comment further.”
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