The death of jeweller Samuel Diatta in York has devastated his family, who have been inundated with condolences to his “beautiful, loving, and kind personality.”
The family of the guy who died while being restrained at a York jewellers have paid a touching tribute to their “amazing” son and brother. A “kind and compassionate soul,” Samuel Diatta, 39, passed away due to “medical troubles.” He was a devout Christian. Sam, a rugby player for York, was praised as a “nice man” and “kind” by his loved ones. Mr Diatta was not involved in a “robbery” before to his death, contrary to reports in the national news, which have been confirmed by his family and the police.
Family of Samuel issues a statement:
After receiving a report at 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, from the Mappin and Webb store on Coney Street, North Yorkshire Police arrived to find Mr Diatta restrained by a member of staff and bystanders. Mr Diatta, 39, reportedly experienced medical issues’ and was taken to the hospital, as confirmed by the police.
A statement sent by the family read: “Our family is devastated to share the news of Sam Diatta’s passing. To say that Sam was loved and cherished by his many extended family and friends around the world would be an understatement.” Sam’s Senegalese family “meant the world to him,” and he was very close to them. He was also a sports fanatic, cheering for both the England and Senegal football teams, and playing rugby with the York RI squad.
Introducing Samuel Diatta:
Living on Leeman Road, he attended St. Barnabas Church and School for the first nine years of his life. When the family settled in Acomb, Sam enrolled at Poppleton Road Primary School and later transferred to Manor C of E Secondary School. Among his contemporaries, he enjoyed widespread acclaim. His interests included camping and he was a member of the Lidgett Grove church cubs and Scouts. Sam’s family claims he started having mental health problems in his teens and that he never fully recovered. All who met him reportedly thought highly of him.
In continuation of the family: “One who was liked and respected by everyone he met, this giant was known for his kindness and generosity. He was a devout Christian and, along with two others, ran the York College Christian Union. He was baptised at Acomb Baptist Church as a youngster to show the world that he believed in Jesus.”
It is currently unknown what led up to the restraining order being issued at the Mappin and Webb store on Coney Street at 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday. A member of the store’s staff and customers reportedly had Mr Diatta under control when police officers from North Yorkshire arrived. When he started having medical troubles,’ people took him to the emergency room. At around 6:40 o’clock in the evening, he was brought to York District Hospital, where he was sadly pronounced dead. The cause of his death will now be the subject of a medical autopsy.
As a result of the commotion at the York jewellers, the police detained three men, two in their 40s and one in his 50s. The bail was posted, and all three males are free at this time. The authorities have requested clarification.