Body of homeless man who was spray painted as he sat on the sidewalk in viral video found in graveyard
The body found at a Middlesbrough cemetery is thought to belong to Michael Cash, a homeless man who was spray painted while sitting outside a pub in Normanby, Middlesbrough
A body discovered by authorities in a cemetery could possibly belong to a homeless man who was seen being sprayed with red paint in a video that went viral on social media. An eight-second clip posted on Facebook this past week appeared to show a man covered in red paint close to a Tesco Express in Normanby, Middlesbrough.
In the short video, a man can be heard saying, "This is how we deal with beggars on the street," before gleefully adding, "He's not even a beggar." As he continues filming the homeless man leaning on the wall of The Shed micropub, he says, "There he is, sprayed to death."
The spraypainted man was later identified as Michael Cash, though it is unclear whether the body found at the cemetery does indeed belong to him. According to the Daily Mail, a relative of Cash confirmed they had been contacted by detectives who informed them that the body at the town's Eston Cemetery could belong to a family member.
Speaking to the Sun, a family member said they were 'devastated.' "Michael was very much loved by all his family and friends," he said. "His siblings are devastated and, as yet, we haven't identified his body, although the police have told us they believe it is him. We don't yet know how he died, it's too soon to be sure of that," he continued. "He was a lovely guy and he's going to be missed a lot. We're aware of what was done to him."
Another family member, Courtney Randall, added, "Michael was my uncle's brother. I have loads of fond memories of him from when I was a child and he lived with us for a while. He used to babysit us, he was very kind-hearted and always knew how to make people smile. He's going to be really missed by many people. His death has hit his brother really hard. The family are furious about what happened to him when he was already in a tough place, it was just cruel."
Following the incident, a spokesperson from the Cleveland police had said, "On Sunday afternoon, police received a call from a member of the public saying she had come across a video of what appeared to be a man spray painting another man near the Tesco Express Store on the High Street in Normanby. The caller declined to give further details, therefore, this initial report was logged on our systems."
Flowers and cards have been left at the cemetery, as well as the spot outside the Tesco express store where Cash used to sit. A GoFundMe page has also been set up in his name to raise donations to pay for his funeral. 38 people have already contributed to the fund and raised £465 of the £1,000 goal.
Watch the video of Cash being spraypainted below.