Dmitry Hrynkevich, 24, died in the hospital on Friday two days after he was found unconscious on the front lawn of a house in the Irish town of Tralee. Local police launched a murder investigation into the "very serious" case. The preliminary explanation is that Hrynkevich was beaten up by two drunken men because of his outstanding height and nationality.
Dmitry Hrynkevich: Brutal end for 7ft6in 'Russian giant' who was beaten to death in Tralee http://t.co/UoYqdA5f0i pic.twitter.com/sjp4mxWuv5— Belfast Telegraph (@BelTel) October 6, 2015
A life-support machine couldn't help Hrynkevich regain consciousness, and he died surrounded by his family, who had emigrated from Russia to the southwest Irish county Kerry. Some reports say he was born in the Belarussian capital of Minsk. Still, it is not uncommon for Russian speakers to be referred to as "Russians," though Belarus proclaimed its independence from the USSR in 1991.
The young man grew up in Kerry, where he suffered from being bullied at school. However, he is remembered for being really gentle and even shy with other people.
"The awful thing is that you could guess something like this was going to happen. It was terrible the way he was treated by some people and most of the problems he had in life were because of how he tried to cope with that," a family's neighbor told the Irish Independent newspaper.