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Soldier’s death overshadows ULTRA MIAMI


A young British soldier who died on holiday in Florida while attending Ultra Music Festival 2015.

Private Shaun Cole, 22, died after suffering blunt force trauma to his head on the same street as his Miami hotel. His body was found on the pavement of Biscayne Boulevard by a local man in the early hours of Sunday.

He has been described as a popular young man who was “full of promise” and had a “flair for life”.

 Pte Cole, who served in Afghanistan in 2012, had been visiting the city with some friends for the Ultra Music Festival.
He recently returned from a tour of Sierra Leone with the Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, where he was supporting the fight against Ebola.
Pte Cole and his friends Sean Ward and Jamie Lothian had been staying at the Royal Budget Inn, on the same street where he was found lifeless in a pool of blood.

A witness told an American news channel that he saw Shaun running along the street with blood coming from his ears before collapsing on the pavement.

Detectives cordoned off the street while a major investigation was launched, and the death is being treated as “unclassified”.

Officers in Miami say it will be several days before they confirm whether the death is suspected of being a murder or an accident.


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