Florida's Ultra Music Festival Has Been Marred By The Death Of A Scottish Soldier, Who Was Found Dead Near The Event Site Over The Weekend (Ends29mar15).
Private Shaun Cole, 22, reportedly attended the electronic dance festival in Miami with two friends, but on Sunday morning (29Mar15) his body was discovered three blocks from the Bayfront Park party site, according to the Miami Police Department.
While police are still investigating the case and the cause of death is still "unclassified", multiple news reports suggest that the dead youth died from a head injury.
The Edinburgh native was a private in the Royal Scots Borderers, and British Army officials released a statement on behalf of Cole's family on Wednesday (01Apr15).
It reads: "It comes with such regret that we have had to say goodbye to an amazing son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend. An extremely popular young man, he had a flair for life and was always the life and soul of everyone he was around. He was an incredible young man who had his life taken from him too soon. We ask everyone to respect our privacy to grieve."
Cole, who previously served in Afghanistan and Sierra Leone, also received condolences from his commanding officer Lt. Col. Matt Munro.
His statement reads: "The men and women of 1 SCOTS are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of Private Shaun Cole. Shaun achieved an extraordinary amount in a military career that was full of promise but was tragically cut short. We will miss him terribly. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Shaun's family at this desperately difficult time."
The Ultra Music Festival has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past couple of years following news of injuries and the deaths of festivalgoers - last year (14), a 21 year old was found dead in a car and a security guard suffered brain damage as she was trampled by fans jumping a fence.
In addition, 84 arrests were made over the three-day event in 2014, and another 76 this year (15), according to the Miami New Times newspaper.
This year's festival featured acts like Tiesto, Steve Aoki, Avicii, Afrojack, Skrillex and David Guetta.